By Andrew Liszewski
This morning Apple updated their popular iPod Shuffle with a new version that’s moved the playback controls from the player itself to a small inline remote on the headphone cord. As a result, the Shuffle has become considerably smaller in size, just 1.8 inches tall and 0.7 inches wide, but at the same time has received a bump in storage up to 4GB.
The other notable update is the addition of VoiceOver which allows the Shuffle to tell you the name of the current track or artist or even when it’s time to recharge the battery. And, the addition of VoiceOver finally allows the iPod Shuffle to take advantage of multiple playlists, since they now can be navigated as the player announces their names. Not too shabby at just $79.99 in your choice of silver or black. However, the fact that it seems to be completely reliant on the bundled Apple earbuds is a total dealbreaker for me. Apple, how about a headphone adapter of some sort so I can use my own?