iPod Shuffle is a digital audio player designed and marketed by Apple Inc. It is the smallest device developed by Apple and is the first one to use flash memory. It first made its debut in January 2005. It has no visual display unit and its main function is to store and play music anywhere and at any time. Since, its small, it can be carried to any place and can listen to your favorite music even while travelling.
iPod Shuffle Specifications:
Playlist: Users of iPod have a habit of downloading and storing the songs in random order, and hence, the iPod also plays the songs in a random order (hence the name “Shuffle”). It can play songs in a particular order set or can even play songs in a random order. This can be controlled by means of a slider. A small green LED indicates the order, i.e. if the LED is on then; it is playing in Shuffled mode, if not means played in Order mode.
Hold mode: Hold mode is available even in this iPod shuffle. You can switch to hold mode on, hold the play / pause button for three seconds until you see the green LED flashing three times. To switch hold off mode, hold play / pause button until the Orange LED flashes three times.Buttons (front side): On the side there are two buttons in a circular fashion, which has five functions.
Battery: There is no battery meter at the back of the newer iPod shuffle. A green light indicates a full charge; yellow indicates a low charge; no light at all indicates iPod shuffle battery is dead. It has high battery life; it can play songs for 25 hours when fully charged.
VoiceOver: This feature allows the user to stalk to the iPod Shuffle. When you hold down the button on the head phones, the VoiceOver will tell you the currently played song and its artists. If it held continuously, then it will tell you the songs in the playlist. You can select a song from the list by clicking on the center button. This feature is available in 20 languages on a whole.
Auto fill: iTunes includes a feature called Autofill that can quickly sync audio content from your library or a selected playlist to your iPod shuffle.
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Models of iPod Shuffle
1st Generation iPod Shuffle: It is the new entry-level model. Uses flash memory and doesn’t possess a display screen. The 1st generation iPod Shuffle was a white stick with a button to control it on the front and a switch on the back. It is designed to be extremely light-weight and uses two modes to play the songs i.e. random mode or ordered mode. It could store around 120 to 240 songs based on the memory and is white in color.
2nd Generation iPod Shuffle: The 2nd Generation iPod Shuffle was the smaller, was match-box sized model. It did not have a USB connector, instead docked with the computers using a small attachment. It was rectangular and had a circle of buttons to control it on its face. It was the first one to come in different colors like silver, light blue, light green and purple etc.
3rd Generation iPod Shuffle: It re-invented the iPods features. It no more had buttons on its surface; instead the control was with the head phones cord. Also, had a new feature called VoiceOver that could take the input form the head sets in 20 languages. Could store and play 500 to 1000 songs.
4th Generation iPod Shuffle: It is the combined model of its previous versions. The adverse of removing the buttons has led to this invention. In this model, the buttons were brought back and also included the VoiceOver feature and Shuffle / ordered playing mode.