Wednesday, March 11, 2009
New Apple iPod Shuffle w/ VoiceOver: Same Device: Boring Feature
We've waited nearly nine months, an entire gestation period, for an exciting creation from Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). I was hoping for something along the lines of a video recording device or just ANYTHING other than a revamped, condensed iPod.
Apple touts it as "the first music player that talks to you."
Really? I hope they're talking about portable ones, because my friend's 2007 Honda Accord features a talking music player, it's just not portable.
What did we get? An iPod that's smaller than a AA battery, (even easier to lose!), which nearly half the size of the previous shuffle(you know, the one you're cursing about because you just bought it a month ago.)
It has a 4 gig capacity and it's highlight is a "remarkable" feature known as "voice-over"-a robotic voice that announces the band and artist that's playing. Apple touts it as the first talking device that syncs with iTunes to to your Mac or PC, "Just like every iPod", as Hannah tells us in the guided tour (I wish I had those five minutes of my life back.
It's so easy, you can use it with your eyes closed.
Considering the fact that Apple had nearly a year to develop this device, you might expect the voice to closely resemble a human. Instead, it sounds just like the robotic voice from your old Speak & Spell . (Any of you born during the Reagan years know what I'm talking about.)
Judging from the 4.5% jump in stock, investors responded positively to Apple's release. Perhaps the reasonable retail price of $79 seems like a great bargain for 4G worth of music, but is it really worth buying another shuffle so you can hear the name of the song you already know by heart?
Dear Apple:Wake me up when you have a device worth getting excited about.
By Matt O'Hern at 05:50 PM | Comments (1)