Feeds

New iPod crew: 'Phoney, futuristic, retro, doomed'

Apple admits error shock

SANS - Survey on application security programs

iPod shuffle

"Ooops" wasn't how Jobs introduced the fourth-generation iPod shuffle on Wednesday, but it might well have been.

Instead, in a statement released along with the entry-level member of the iPod team, Jobs said: "We're making the iPod shuffle even better by combining clickable buttons and VoiceOver technology."

Clickable buttons aren't new — they were on the first and second generation iPod shuffles. VoiceOver technology was added to the third generation model, which spoke song titles, artist names, playlists, battery status, and other messages — in 25 different langauges, no less.

On that now-defunct third-generation model, volume and track-choice controls were relegated to a remote on the earbuds cable, and required the user to remember an arguably confusing set of single-double-triple click sequences to manage their music.

As today's release of the fourth-generation iPod shuffle shows, the cable-mounted controls were not exactly an unqualified success.

Second-generation iPod shuffle

Second-generation iPod shuffle, September 2006 through March 2009

Third-generation iPod shuffle

Third-generation iPod shuffle (aka "Ooops"), March 2009 until September 2010

Fourth-generation iPod shuffle

Fourth-generation iPod shuffle (aka "Back to the Future")

Wednesday's fourth-generation iPod shuffle looks remarkably like the second-generation model — albeit a wee bit less wide. The clickable buttons are back, the controls have disappeared from the earbuds cord, and as Gerald Ford said when he took over after the resignation of the disgraced US President Richard Nixon, "Our long national nightmare is over."

As with its new siblings, the fourth-generation iPod shuffle will be available next week. You'll be able to get it in your choice of silver, blue, green, orange, or pink, and you can have any capacity you want, as long as it's 2GB. The multilingal, clipable, Genius-Mixable music box will set you back $49.

3 Big data security analytics techniques

Next page: iPod classic

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley: Ousting Steve Jobs 'was a mistake'
Twenty-nine years later, post-Pepsi exec has flat-forehead moment
Number crunching suggests Yahoo! US is worth less than nothing
China and Japan holdings worth more than entire company
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.