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Apple announces new ultra-tiny iPod shuffle

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Tuesday, September 12, 2006
News Categories: iPod shuffle

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Apple today introduced the new iPod shuffle, which the company now calls the world’s smallest digital music player. The new shuffle, which is nearly half the size of the original, weighs half an ounce and features a new aluminum design with built-in clip. The new shuffle offers 1GB of music storage, features up to 12 hours of battery life, and includes earbud headphones and an iPod shuffle Dock. The new iPod shuffle is expected to be available worldwide in October for $79. “It’s hard to believe the new iPod is a real music player when you first see it,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “But it is real, and holds up to 240 songs in an incredibly compact and wearable design that weighs just half an ounce.”

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1

This is the coolest part of the lackluster “It’s Showtime” event.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on September 12, 2006 at 11:46 AM (PDT)

2

The design is acutally kind of incredible for the price. It’s so COOL.

Posted by juicebox on September 12, 2006 at 11:47 AM (PDT)

3

No integrated USB plug really ruins the deal for me…

Posted by Aero on September 12, 2006 at 12:20 PM (PDT)

4

Every technophobe in the world should have one of these.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on September 12, 2006 at 12:36 PM (PDT)

5

The best part of the shuffle was that you didn’t need any extra cables. Just plug it into any computer in the world, copy over music, update and bam! Its ready to go..

Posted by Bobo on September 12, 2006 at 1:12 PM (PDT)

6

IT sooo HOT

Posted by Jeremy Joyner on September 12, 2006 at 2:11 PM (PDT)

7

Looks a lot nicer than the old shuffle.  Shame there’s no OLED screen on it though, they’re getting pretty popular on other Flash players.

Posted by phennphawcks on September 12, 2006 at 2:41 PM (PDT)

8

I agree with Aero: the lack of a USB plug is a big drawback.  I loved that on my “old” shuffle.  Along with weight, it was the one advantage the shuffle had over the bigger iPods.

Posted by james00 on September 12, 2006 at 8:49 PM (PDT)

9

Love it, will get one. I see people might be disappointed due to the lack of the USB, but hey, why, really? The Dock looks really small, if you really really really need to hook it up to another computer you can bring it along without much hassle. The sleek design seems well worth it. That headphone/dataport is just wicked.

Posted by Bad Beaver on September 13, 2006 at 12:38 AM (PDT)

10

Is it me or does it look like an iPod nano that’s been cut into a 1/4 of a piece by a Ginzu knife?

Posted by Henry on September 13, 2006 at 7:50 AM (PDT)

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