Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Bigger isn't always better as Apple proved today with the launch of the next generation iPod Shuffle. It's so tiny it has voice prompts instead of a scroll wheel to tell you what music you are listening to. You change the songs and volume by squeezing a little device that is connected to your headphone cord. The tiny new mp3 player is no miser on space with 4Gigs of storage. The price point of $79 is perfectly timed for the runners, walkers and cyclists in the northern hemisphere who are just emerging from their dens.
In an hilarious takeoff, one snarky website showed a suppository and the new Shuffle side by side and then suggested extreme care be taken not to confuse them. Heck, I have a hard time walking and chewing gum at the same time; I'm afraid that this little iPod is so complicated to run that it has left my generation out in the cold. On the other hand, the voice instructions will be a great help to us aging boomers since our unaided eyes no longer see a lot of the smaller controls on these new-fangled devices anyway!