Thursday, March 12, 2009

An iPod So Small Its Controls Are Found on the Cord - Pogue’s Posts Blog - NYTimes.com

I’ve already seen two references this morning to the classic SNL Jobs/iPod Invisa skit (which, FWIW, I couldn’t find from a quick search – hmm…)

Yet incredibly, even though this Shuffle is even smaller than the previous one, it’s actually more useful. No iPod Shuffle has ever had a screen, and therefore you’ve never been able to identify the song or band you’re hearing. You’ve also never been able to work with playlists, since there’s no user interface with which to navigate them.

Now there is. You can tell all this stuff not by looking, but by listening; according to Apple, the new Shuffle is the world’s first talking music player, thanks to a new feature called VoiceOver.

(It’s not the first, actually. Older iPods have had talking menus to help blind people. But anyway.)

An iPod So Small Its Controls Are Found on the Cord - Pogue’s Posts Blog - NYTimes.com

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