New iPod Shuffle Is Smaller, Holds More, Talks

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2009 11:13 AM CDT
The new Shuffle maintains the price point of the last one.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Apple today unveiled the newest iteration of its iPod Shuffle, which is just 1.8 inches by 0.3 inches, can speak titles in 14 languages, and holds 1000 songs, Macworld reports. Smaller than a AA battery, it’s half the size of the last version, but more functional. The device retails for $79, the Wall Street Journal adds.

The new Shuffle is also sleeker, a feat achieved by removing all buttons from the device and placing them on the headphone cord. “The concept for doing this came from the iPhone, specifically the iPhone headset,” an exec said. Users can also sync multiple playlists from iTunes for the first time. One drawback: The new Shuffle, available immediately, only works with iTunes 8.1, which is … not yet available.