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Apple iPod Shuffle (third generation)

Apple iPod Shuffle (third generation)

Apple iPod Shuffle (third generation)

Apple iPod Shuffle (third generation)

Apple iPod Shuffle (third generation)

Apple iPod Shuffle (third generation)

Apple iPod Shuffle (third generation)

Apple iPod Shuffle (third generation)

Apple iPod Shuffle (third generation)

Apple iPod Shuffle (third generation)

Apple iPod Shuffle (third generation)

Apple iPod Shuffle (third generation)

Apple iPod Shuffle (third generation)

Apple iPod Shuffle (third generation)

Apple iPod Shuffle (third generation)

Apple iPod Shuffle (third generation)

Apple iPod Shuffle (third generation)

Apple unveiled its third-generation iPod Shuffle on March 11, 2009.
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A hinged chromed metal clip runs the length of the Shuffle on one side and includes a slot for attaching a lanyard or keychain. An Apple logo is engraved on the clip, and custom engraving is offered on orders placed through Apple's online store.
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The Apple iPod Shuffle is around the size of a large paper clip.
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The Shuffle is controlled almost entirely using a small remote control located on the headphone cord.
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The headphones included with the Shuffle offer the same mediocre sound quality found in other iPod headphones, but aren't as easy to replace since the integrated remote control is necessary for playback and volume control.
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The iPod Shuffle's slim design and all-metal construction make the SanDisk Sansa Clip (left) look like a beast, but the iPod's elegance comes with some sacrifice.
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The new model is incredibly tiny--about half the size of the last-generation clip-on Shuffle.
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The 3G (third-generation) Shuffle is available in two colors: black and silver.
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The controls are now integrated into the headphone cord. (The downside, of course, is that you're stuck with the default earbuds that Apple provides, or you need to invest in an adapter.) A brief click on the center toggles play and pause; a double-click skips to the next song; and the plus/minus controls volume.
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Yes, it's really that small.
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Anodized aluminum casing should make the new Shuffles more durable than its plastic predecessors.
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The new Shuffles offer 4GB of storage--enough for around 1,000 songs (depending upon the bitrate of your music collection).
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The big feature upgrade on the new Shuffle is "VoiceOver." It's a text-to-speech function that speaks the title and artist of the song on command (holding down the headphone playback control).
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VoiceOver also allows you to navigate through multiple playlists by calling them out, and letting you lock into the one to which you'd like to switch.
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That big, black circle on the left is the 3.5mm headphone jack. The switch on the right toggles shuffle mode and power.
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Like the most recent Shuffle, the latest model includes an integrated clip--no case necessary.
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The new iPod Shuffle costs $79.

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