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The 4th generation iPod shuffle
The iPod shuffle is an MP3 player made by Apple Inc. It is available with a 4GB memory which can hold roughly 1,000 songs,[1] or 2GB memory holding roughly 500 songs. The iPod shuffle is Apple's smallest music player, it is 45.2mm tall, 17.5mm wide, and has a depth of 7.8mm.[2]

Features

Battery

The iPod shuffle's battery plays audio for 15 hours when fully charged. It can be charged to 80% of its capacity in 2 hours, and fully charged in 3 hours.[2]

VoiceOver

The iPod shuffle is the first music player that talks to you,[1] using a feature called VoiceOver. When the button on the headphones is held down, VoiceOver will speak the song currently playing and its artist. If you continue holding it, it will tell you your playlists. Click the centre button to select a playlist. This feature is available in 20 languages.[3]

Colours

The iPod shuffle is available in pink, blue, green, orange, black and silver.[2] A polished stainless steel edition is available from the online store.[4]

History

First generation

The first iPod Shuffle was released on January 11, 2005. Steve Jobs said that people were always putting their iPods on shuffle mode and taking them to the gym and using them while they were jogging and that the iPod Shuffle lets you do that in a much more simpler way. The iPod Shuffle relies on a feature from iTunes that lets you select random songs from the iTunes libary and copy them onto the Shuffle. It doesn't have a screen and doesn't have most features the other iPods have and instead of having the click wheel, the iPod Shuffle has a more basic wheel with the up and down buttons being for volume, the left and right buttons being for switching between songs and the middle button for playing and pausing. The back has a clip and a light that tells you when the iPod has a low battery.

Second Generation

The second generation iPod Shuffle was released on September 12, 2006. It's size was changed to be even smaller being the size of a square ans Steve Jobs said it was the smallest MP3 player ever.

On January 30, 2007 Apple released four new colors blue, green, orange and pink as well as the normal silver color. Blue, green and pink are also the same colors used for the second generation iPod Nano and ]]iPod Mini]].

On September 5, 2007, Apple replaced the colors blue, green, orange and pink with four new colors turquoise, lavender, mint green, and Product Red.

On February 19, 2008, Apple released a 2GB iPod Shuffle for $69. On the same day Apple also lowered the price for the 1GB iPod shuffle from $79 to $49

On September 9, 2008, Apple replaced the colors from September 2007 with colors blue, green, pink and red. They are very similar to the colors from January 2007 except slightly brighter.

The 2GB iPod Shuffle was discontinued on March 11, 2009 and the 1GB iPod Shuffle was discontinued on September 9, 2009.

Third Generation

On March 11, 2009 Apple released the third generation iPod Shuffle and is said to be "jaw-droppingly small" and "the first iPod that talks to you" and it is also the first waterproof iPod. The 3G iPod Shuffle was available in black and white. The iPod Shuffle 3G featured VoiceOver technology, a personal assistant that lets you tell your iPod Shuffle to play a ceartin album, gerne, artist or song. The iPod Shuffle 3rd generation no longer features controls on the device itself, but features controls on the earphones they come with.

On September 9, 2009 three new colors pink, blue and green were released and the Apple Store offered a 4GB iPod Shuffle made entirely out of stainless steel.

Fourth Generation

The fourth generation iPod Shuffle was released on September 1, 2010. The controls have been put back onto the device and it the design has been reverted back to the iPod Shuffle second generation design and it now features VoiceOver in 29 languages: (Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (Australia, UK, U.S.), Finnish, French (Canada, France), German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish (Mexico, Spain), Swedish, Thai and Turkish).

For the first two years the iPod Shuffle was sold in five colors (silver with a black control pad, green, blue, orange and pink with a white control pad) but on September 12, 2012 Apple announced the iPhone 5 and a new iPod Touch and iPod Nano, but seven new colors were announced for the iPod Shuffle (silver or black with a black control pad or green, blue, pink, yellow, and purple with a white control pad) as well as a Product Red edition with a white control pad.

Models

Generation Image Capacity Colors Connection Original release date Minimum OS to sync Rated battery life (hours)
First first generation iPod Shuffle 512 MB White USB
(no adaptor required)
January 11, 2005 Mac: 10.2.8
Windows: 2000
audio: 12
1 GB
New entry-level model. Uses flash memory and has no screen.
Second second generation iPod Shuffle 1 GB Silver USB 2.0
(with included dock)
September 12, 2006 Mac: 10.3.9
Windows: 2000
audio: 12
Smaller clip design with anodized aluminum casing.
Second
Early 2007
revision
1 GB Silver
Orange
Green
Blue
Pink
USB 2.0
(with included dock)
January 30, 2007 Mac: 10.3.9
Windows: 2000
audio: 12
Four new color options added.
Second
Late 2007
revision
1 GB Silver
Light Blue
Light Green
Purple
PRODUCT (RED) Special Edition
USB 2.0
(with included dock)
September 5, 2007 Mac: 10.4.8
Windows: 2000
audio: 12
2 GB February 19, 2008
Green and blue colors changed to lighter shades, and pink and orange discontinued.
Second
Late 2008
revision
1 GB Silver
Blue
Green
Pink
PRODUCT (RED) Special Edition
USB 2.0
(with included dock)
September 9, 2008 Mac: 10.4.10
Windows: 2000
audio: 12
2 GB
Blue and green reverted to brighter shades and purple replaced with pink.
Third IPod shuffle 3G.png 4 GB Silver
Black
USB 2.0
(cable is included)
March 11, 2009 Mac: 10.4.11
Windows: XP
audio: 10
Smaller design with controls relocated to right earbud cable. Two colors, and features VoiceOver. Sold concurrently with 1 GB 2G model.
Third
Late 2009
revision
2 GB Silver
Black
Blue
Green
Pink
USB 2.0
(cable is included)
September 9, 2009 Mac: 10.4.11
Windows: XP
audio: 10
4 GB
Polished Stainless Steel (exclusive to Apple Online and Retail Stores)
New colors, new 4GB Apple Store Exclusive Polished metal body, and 2 GB model to replace 2G 1 GB shuffle.
Fourth 5G IPod Shuffle.svg 4 GB USB 2.0
(cable is included)
September 1, 2010 Mac: 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 audio: 10
Reverted back to second generation Shuffle with controls returned to the body of the iPod. Features VoiceOver.

Timeline

Timeline of iPod models and related products

See also: Timeline of full-sized iPod models and Timeline of compact iPod models

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Sources: Apple press release library,[5] Mactracker Apple Inc. model database[6]

References