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Make an iPod Shuffle speak other languages

CNET's Donald Bell shows you how to change the language settings for the third-generation Apple iPod Shuffle's VoiceOver feature.

The third-generation iPod Shuffle is the first MP3 player that can speak song titles to you in 13 different languages. Apple calls the feature VoiceOver, and it's more sophisticated than you might think.

Apple first dipped its toe in the "talking iPod" waters back in 2008, with the Spoken Menus accessibility feature built into the fourth-generation iPod Nano. Spoken Menus is a useful feature, but it's geared mostly toward menu navigation for the vision impaired; there's no easy way to call it up unless you want it running all the time, and the voice quality and language depended entirely on your computer system's built-in voice capabilities.

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The Shuffle's VoiceOver feature is a different beast. For starters, iTunes now prompts users to download a multilanguage voice pack that provides the voicing for the feature, instead of relying on your operating system's limited voice capabilities. The second thing you'll notice is that the language used for VoiceOver can be adjusted in iTunes on a song-by-song basis. This means you can have the song titles of your Italian opera collection announced in Italian, your Bossa Nova announced in Portuguese, and your gangster rap announced in Japanese, if you'd like.

For a step-by-step guide to altering the language settings on your Shuffle's VoiceOver feature, check out the following slideshow or watch the Quick Tip video demonstration.