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Monday, March 30, 2009

I won't be shuffling along

I'll preface this by saying I haven't actually visited my local Apple store to test the new ipod shuffle.

Don't have to.

Apple's newest creation, the latest and third version of its popular ipod shuffle is the smallest yet.

It looks great, and can store up to 1,000 songs with 4 GB of memory. Considering its size, that's impressive.

What makes this generation different is that it talks to you, although those who have tried it say the voice isn't the most inspirational when you're at the gym trying to get through that last mile.

The feature is called VoiceOver. Apple says the feature "speaks for itself." With the press of a button, VoiceOver tells you what song is playing and who's performing it. Pretty cool stuff.

Even more, it's pretty affordable at $79.

Here's where I say no. Have you ever used the earphones or earbuds included with Apple's ipods? The cords are way too short and for those who exercise, run, lift, etc., they don't take too kindly to sweat.

Replacing them is inevitable, and therein lies the problem with the new shuffle. The controls are located on the cord. Guess what if you lose and need to replace it? You're at the mercy of replacing it only through Apple.

In case you haven't been to an Apple store or visiting them online, replacement parts and accessories can be expensive.

Apple says small is the new big when referring to the new shuffle. Do yourself a favor and save your money. The second generation of the shuffle, which retails for a very affordable $49, is perfectly fine.

- Mark Podolski


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