Apple has announced that iPod shuffle, claimed to be the world’s smallest music player, is now available starting at $59 in five colors. iPod shuffle’s intuitive controls are located on the headphone cord, letting you navigate and enjoy music without even looking.
With the press of a button, says Apple, you can play, pause, adjust volume, and switch playlists. Also, the VoiceOver feature lets iPod shuffle speak song titles, artists, and playlist names.
The iPod shuffle is now available worldwide in a new 2GB model for $59 and a 4GB model for $79. Both models come in silver, black, pink, blue, and green.
It’s based on Apple’s shuffle feature, which randomly selects songs from your music library.
In addition to the Apple Earphones and Apple In-Ear Headphones with Remote, third party manufacturers including Sony, V-MODA, Klipsch, and Scosche are supporting built-in headphone controls. Belkin and Scosche offer built-in headphone adapters allowing users to enjoy iPod shuffle with their own headphones.
According to Apple, iPod is the world’s most popular family of digital music players with over 220 million sold. Its iPod classic is a new 160GB model holding up to 40,000 songs for $249; new iPod nano with a video camera is available in nine aluminum colors starting at $149; and iPod touch starts at $199.