…and a key:
Certainly setting the shuffle apart from its competitors is the introduction of VoiceOver:
VoiceOver is the exciting new feature that makes iPod shuffle the first music player that talks to you. It entirely changes the way you browse and navigate your music. Say you’re listening to a song and want to know the title or the artist. With the press of a button, VoiceOver tells you—without interrupting your music.
But the fun doesn’t stop with songs. For the first time ever on an iPod shuffle, you can have multiple playlists, because VoiceOver announces their names, too. So you can easily find the right mix without taking your eyes off your run, your ride, or whatever you’re doing.
Additionally, virtually all controls are now relegated to the earbuds’ in-cord remote:
That’s a neat trick, except for everyone that owns higher-quality third-party earbuds (me).
The new 4GB (~1000 songs) iPod Shuffle sells for $79 and is available in black or gray. The second generation Shuffle (1GB/$49) is also still available.
More: Apple.com/iPod Shuffle
(This really reminds me of the SNL episode where Steve Jobs appeared on Weekend Updated to introduce the iPod Mirco (and later Inviso – “an iPod so small it cannot be seen by the naked eye”). I looked forever for the video but alas, it’s not online.)