If you are in the market for a new iPod, here’s the skinny on the new iPod Shuffle.
It’s small. Really, really small.
It weighs 0.38 ounces, which is apparently “only 10% more than a single sheet of letter-sized paper” (Engadget), and has a storage capacity of 4 GB.
The iPod Shuffle has no display screen or built in buttons. It tells you what is playing by speaking it into your headphones in a robotic voice. You can control the iPod with a three button controller built into the headphones. Sadly, headphone makers will have to get a license from Apple to make their devices compatible. In my opinion, this is a deal breaker for two reasons.
- I don’t want to buy new headphones. I like mine.
- I refuse to encourage Apple’s heavy handed control of everything they touch.