An iPod So Small Its Controls Are Found on the CordBy Pogue, David; New York Times,
Publication Date: March 11, 2009
Review of the 4-gigabyte Apple iPod Shuffle, an mp3 player featuring a voice output menu. The feature, called VoiceOver, enables blind and visually impaired people to navigate playlists. The player, which is the size of a tie clip, has a tiny remote control on the earbud cord with three clickable spots: a “plus” and “minus” for controlling volume, and a center one that acts as a play/pause button. Holding down the center button for one second produces a voiced identification of the file being played; pressing until a beep is heard gives the listener the playlists available which can then be navigated using the volume buttons. The user flips the power switch off and on to hear a readout of the battery charge. The 4-gigabyte Shuffle comes with a three-inch USB cord for charging the player and uploading music and podcasts from a copy of iTunes 8.1, a required download before using the Shuffle on a Mac or PC.
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