Wednesday, March 11, 2009

What's next? Apple iPod implants?!?!

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!