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Introduced in March 2009, the third generation iPod Shuffle remains Apple's smallest and most affordable mp3 player.

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Pros

even smaller than previous generation

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very light

8 agree

double the capacity of the last generation model

8 agree

VoiceOver talking feature lets you know what you are listening to

7 agree

easier to use in-line controls

6 agree

black/gunmetal color is pretty nice

5 agree

extremely durable

5 agree

Random songs

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Standard headphones work just fine with third-party remote adaptors (e.g. Belkin)

2 agree

Also non-random playlists

2 agree

very durable

0 agrees

extremely light

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

more expensive than last generation

10 agree

device is now unusable without proprietary headphones with in-line controls

9 agree

no support for open source codecs such as OGG and FLAC

6 agree

no display

5 agree

VoiceOver feature is really not that useful

4 agree

so small it can be easily lost

3 agree

limited selection of colours

3 agree

Songs are random

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.
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Introduced in March 2009, the third generation iPod Shuffle remains Apple's smallest and most affordable mp3 player. With 4GB of storage capacity, the redesigned Shuffle features simplified controls now found integrated into the headphones as an inline remote, as well as a new technology dubbed VoiceOver which allows the device to announce the name of the current playlist, song and artist. Available in black or silver the device retails for $79.

Features
  • Screen: none
  • Capacity: 4GB of internal storage for files or music (1000 song est.)
  • Audio format support: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, WAV, and AIFF
  • Dimensions & Weight: 1.8 x 0.7 x 0.3 inches (45.2 x 17.5 x 7.8 0.38 ounce (10.7 grams)
  • includes Apple earphones with remote
Post Review
Fractalhorizon
10/10/2009 11:59

While it has been slammed for not working with standard headphones, it works just fine with a third-party remote adapter (mine is made by Belkin).

Shadowtech
03/11/2009 07:54

"New technology dubbed VoiceOver..."
No pun intended?
Haha!

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