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Apple introduces iPod shuffle

pic Confirming months of speculation and publicized leaks from suppliers, Apple today unveiled the newest member of the iPod family, iPod shuffle. The compact digital audio player—built with flash memory instead of a hard-disk drive like other iPods—is the lowest-priced model yet, but also offers the least amount of song capacity. It is available immediately in 512MB and 1GB capacities for or $99 and $149, respectively.

Physically smaller than an iPod mini but made entirely from glossy white plastic like the front casings of most full-sized iPods, iPod shuffle is so named for its dramatic departure from iPod norms: it lacks its predecessors’ now iconic screen and Click Wheel controls, and is intended for casual, randomized music listening rather than storage of a full music library.

“iPod shuffle is smaller and lighter than a pack of gum and costs less than $100,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With most flash-memory music players users must use tiny displays and complicated controls to find their music; with iPod shuffle you just relax and it serves up new combinations of your music every time you listen.”

Apple said iPod shuffle takes advantage of iTunes’ new AutoFill feature, which “automatically selects the perfect number of songs to fill iPod shuffle from a user’s complete music library on their computer.” The company said that at any time, with a flip of a switch on the back of iPod shuffle, users can choose to listen to their music in order rather than shuffled.

Featuring a simplified four-direction control system to let users skip forward and backward, play/pause, and adjust volume upwards and downwards, iPod shuffle includes a headphone port at its top and standard Dock Connector port on its bottom to permit listening and file transferring, respectively.

The device, which can be plugged directly into a computer via USB, also doubles as a portable flash drive to back up and transfer personal files.

In addition to an included lanyard and earphones, Apple is selling an optional armband, clear sport case with neck strap, dock, USB power adapter, and battery pack that boosts battery life to up to 20 additional hours. All of the accessories sell for $29.

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1

I am expecting you to have a review by the end of the day. I’m sure you already got a hold of one from your local Apple Store.

iPod Lounge ROCKS!

Posted by Noise Inside my Head in Los Angeles, CA on January 11, 2005 at 1:35 PM (CST)

2

Looks great… and the price is finally right too!

Posted by arkisman in Pittsburgh, PA on January 11, 2005 at 1:36 PM (CST)

3

Usually local Apple Store doesn’t have new item on the day of keynote. Has anyone checked Apple Store in San Francisco?

I already ordered on online Apple Store, but est. shipping is in 1-2 weeks.

Posted by coelacanth in San Francisco on January 11, 2005 at 1:40 PM (CST)

4

holly. its really a hit. most 512mb players cost over 100 usd. by the way, think this way, you only have a limited number of songs. why do you need a LCD screen as much as you need with a full sized ipod?

Posted by frankthetank on January 11, 2005 at 1:45 PM (CST)

5

lol, scroll down to the very bottom of the website for the ipod shuffle, in the gray text it says, “Do not eat iPod Shuffle.”

Posted by kespodder in BG, OH on January 11, 2005 at 1:51 PM (CST)

6

I can actually see people owning both the shuffle and a “full” sized iPod as they seem to both suit different needs at different times. Maybe the screen will come out later as memory continues to drop and they can do it while staying at sub $100. Anybody out there already ordered who have a “full sized” iPod

Posted by graphicgeek in Utica, NY on January 11, 2005 at 2:06 PM (CST)

7

most 512mb players cost over 100 usd

That’s true, but most of them also have cute screens, FM, and voice/line-in/Fm recording. Not to mention an SD slot.

But I welcome Apple’s offering - it will force the other mp3 resellers to compete by either lowering their prices or increasing their features. That segment of the market has been pretty static for the past couple of years except for predictably increasing RAM capacities.

Posted by Demosthenes on January 11, 2005 at 2:21 PM (CST)

8

I already own an iPod photo (60G) and I will buy one (the 1G model) from my local Apple store, as soon as they become available.

Does anyone by any chance know if the Apple store at the Grove (Los Angeles) has any in stock?

Posted by digiplay in Los Angeles on January 11, 2005 at 2:21 PM (CST)

9

i see your point graphic i own a 3rd gen 20g and plan to buy one with inthe next week or so

Posted by BIGP in Texas on January 11, 2005 at 2:23 PM (CST)

10

I’m thinking about getting one, and I have a 4G iPod. It would replace my existing 256MB flash drive.

Posted by kainjow on January 11, 2005 at 2:23 PM (CST)

11

I’ve been meaning to get myself a flash drive.  Well, hello to my new Apple flash drive.

Posted by dawntreader101 in VA on January 11, 2005 at 3:08 PM (CST)

12

I might get one of these as a flash drive that i can conveniently use to play music. Woohoo!

Posted by iPodNod in London, UK on January 11, 2005 at 4:16 PM (CST)

13

Ive got an ipod mini. Ordered my 512MB 20mins ago. Why??? you ask….
-mainly gonna use it as a flash drive
-the coolest, and sure to be the most popular flash drive in the world
-ipod mini made me switch form PC to MAC. AND ITS SPREADING.

+ steve jobs must have had an incredible night of passion the day before he priced this thing soooo low.

anyone gonna actually use it for music????

Posted by >nATHAN in UK on January 11, 2005 at 4:28 PM (CST)

14

lets hope the shuffle feature really mixes up the music order.  if i recall a comment (long ago) regarding the music shuffle feature on a 3g.  even if only two songs were switched, technically that was considered music shuffled.

Posted by omega in earth on January 11, 2005 at 4:37 PM (CST)

15

I have been looking at the flash players out there, toying with the idea of getting ones for my girlfriend and for my daughter. Plenty of cheap ones, but the hassle becomes how to get them to be comfortable moving music. the iPod shuffle resolves the issue.

Posted by leertracy in Los Angeles on January 11, 2005 at 4:37 PM (CST)

16

I’m occasionally tempted by a USB thumbdrive. If I ever get one, it may as well be an iPod too!

I have a 60 GB iPod, and I rarely look at the screen… except for photos, address book, etc.

I almost always play the same playlist (3 stars+, nothing that’s been played in the last month), and I just skip blindly if I don’t like what I hear. So doing without a screen and having something so tiny actually sounds very usable to me.

A bigger iPod fits my needs better, though.

PS, I think the Shuffle dock is really cool for some reason :)

Posted by Nagromme on January 11, 2005 at 5:02 PM (CST)

17

Geniuses. They finally have made the mp3 player for the masses, while not cheapening the look or style. I give them credit, the straight through play or shuffle by a simple button definately caught everyone by surprise and makes perfect sense. I might just have to pick one up. The mac mini is also pretty smart. But….. i also remember another small mac…..The disaster known as Mac Cube. Time will tell if this one can help apple pull itself out of the marketshare gutter, pc wise.

Posted by LupinIII in Illinois on January 11, 2005 at 5:05 PM (CST)

18

Who really needs a screen *all* the time?
Who listens to radio that they have no control over?

I think we’ve been conditioned to expect a screen and once we use these without, we’ll be fine.

I reckon that these could easily be marketed with a slogan like:
“It’s like having a radio station that plays all your favorites - but no ads”

And I’m so glad they went with the 512Mb and not the 2Gb - that’s given them a much lower ($99) and affordable entry point.  In fact, the 1Gb model is cheaper than a lot of usb memory sticks of that size!

Well done Apple, another iPod winner.

Posted by Chris Howard on January 11, 2005 at 5:15 PM (CST)

19

newegg.com has 1GB USB drives ranging from $67 to $175.

I don’t need a screen for something this small.  I own a 40 GB 4G, but with my ed discount and a $10 survey coupon I was saving for just such an occasion, my 1GB will run me $119 + tax for an amazingly cool flash drive / music box.

Posted by randomthinks in Michigan on January 11, 2005 at 6:05 PM (CST)

20

D’oh.  Ed discount is only $10 on the 1GB shuffle.  So I am up to $129, but a small price to pay for the bragging rights alone.

Posted by randomthinks in Michigan on January 11, 2005 at 6:08 PM (CST)

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