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Quick Tips: Change languages on the iPod Shuffle

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Quick Tips: Change languages on the iPod Shuffle

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Do you want your iPod Shuffle's VoiceOver feature to speak in a different language? CNET's Donald Bell shows you how.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:06 >> Donald Bell: Third-generation iPod Shuffle has a voiceover feature that can announce songs in a synthesized voice that speaks 13 different languages. By default, American users are treated to hearing the voice in English, but what if you wanted to hear some songs announced in Turkish or Japanese? I'm Donald Bell, and on today's quick tip, I'm going to show you how to get the voiceover feature on the third-generation iPod Shuffle speaking different languages for different songs. When you connect the third-generation Shuffle to your computer, iTunes is going to pop up and show you the summary page for your iPod. From here, you can turn the player's voiceover feature on and off and select the default language. Now, I say default language because even if you have English selected, iTunes is smart enough to override the default if it thinks the artist or song title deserves to be announced in another language. In my case, I have some tracks from one of my favorite artists, Juana Malina, that'll automatically announce it in a Spanish accent. ^M00:00:56 [ Talking in foreign language ] ^M00:01:00 >> Donald Bell: Now, if I want to prevent the Shuffle's robot voice from buttering me up with this romantic Spanish accent, I can select the offending songs in iTunes, select the get info from the file menu or by right clicking, and under options, I'll change the voiceover setting from automatic to English. Of course, you can go the other way around, too, forcing the voice to speak certain songs in German or Japanese. In fact, the Shuffle is kind of right for practical joking if you want to surprise someone by having all their songs announced in, say Swedish. After you're done, just hit the sync button in iTunes, and the new voiceover queue should sync right up to the Shuffle. If not, try unchecking the voiceover option from the summary pane, hitting apply, and then rechecking the box so that iTunes is forced to refresh the voice queues. There you go. You've now mastered the multi-lingual possibilities of Shuffle's voiceover feature. For CNET.com, I'm Donald Bell. ^M00:01:51 [ Music ] [ Talking in foreign language] [ beep ]

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