Scanning through Twitter this morning I noticed a trending topic was “New iPod Shuffle” and having given my mother a shuffle last Christmas (and after receiving one as a conference swag item last year at Convergence) I was curious to see the updates to the device.
It’s the smallest iPod ever and is about the size of a USB thumbdrive with 4GB of storage (about 1,000 songs worth). It also has voice over which is an option that tells you what song is playing and whoâ€™s performing it.
However, the CNET article sums it up perfectly, “The only problem is I–and a lot of other people–simple can’t use or don’t like the earbuds that ship with iPods. We want to use our own headphones, particularly if we’re using the Shuffle as an “active” MP3 player. The fact is the Apple buds just don’t stay in your ears when you’re running with the Shuffle (and yes, the new smaller form factor should appeal to runners).”
I know I was put off when my first generation iPhone couldn’t use any other ear buds (the connectors didn’t fit without an adapter) so having proprietary headphones for this new Shuffle could definitely be a deterrent.
I’m all for the newest improvements and innovations in technology, and I am definitely and Apple Fan Girl, but do we really need a new iPod each year?