Overview: The Apple iPod Shuffle (4th gen) is a sleek, compact,
portable digital music player. Its main body is crafted from a single piece of
aluminum and polished to a beautiful shine, so the new iPod shuffle (4th gen)
feels solid, sleek, and durable. The iPod shuffle (4th gen) is equipped with a
2GB flash memory for music storage and offers playback functions such as
VoiceOver & Genius Mixes. It also includes an integrated clip so you can attach
it to your shirt, jacket, workout gear, backpack, or purse so you can listen to
your music on the go.
Note: The new 2GB iPod shuffle (4th gen) is
available in a blue, green, orange, pink or silver polished aluminum finish with white earbud headphones.
2GB Flash Memory:
The Apple iPod
shuffle (4th gen) has a built-in 2GB USB flash drive, capable of storing approximately
songs (4-minute song average--recorded in AAC format at 128 kbps). In addition
to storing audio, you can use the flash memory to store data files as well.
Audio Formats: The iPod 2GB shuffle (4th gen) supports the
following audio formats: Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store; M4A, M4B, M4P),
HE-AAC, MP3 (8-320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, AAC (8-320 Kbps), Audible
(formats 2, 3, and 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, WAV, AIFF, and Podcasts. When you import music from a CD using iTunes, it
is converted to AAC format by default.
Note: If you are using iTunes for Windows, you can convert
non-protected WMA files to AAC or MP3 format.
128 kbps AAC Format: If your iTunes library contains songs in higher
bit-rate formats, such as iTunes Plus,Apple Lossless, or WAV, you can set iTunes to convert songs to 128 kbps AAC
format as they're synced with iPod shuffle (4th gen). This doesn't affect the
quality or size of the songs stored in iTunes.
Skip Protection: Because the
iPod shuffle (4th gen) uses flash memory, playback is completely skip-free.
Store Data Files: You can use the iPod shuffle (4th gen) as
an external disk to store data files. The iPod shuffle disk icon appears on the
desktop (Mac), or as the next available drive letter in Windows Explorer
(Windows PC). Drag files to or from the iPod shuffle (4th gen) to copy them.
Clickable Control Pad: The big, clickable control pad on the front of
iPod shuffle (4th gen) is 18% larger than on previous iPod shuffle models, so
it's even easier to see and use the music controls. Simply press the center
button to play and pause. Press the outer buttons to skip forward or back and
Shuffle Switch: The
portable audio digital player's shuffle switch has
3 positions. You can set it to the left, and your music will randomly playback.
If you set it to the middle, your songs will play in order. And turn the iPod
shuffle off by setting the switch to the right position.
Note: When you turn on the shuffle feature, books, podcasts, and
Genius Mixes are not shuffled; they play in their iTunes order.
Playlists: The iPod shuffle
(4th gen) lets you snyc different playlists and Genius Mixes from iTunes so you
have the perfect mix of music for every mood.
VoiceOver: The Apple iPod shuffle (4th gen) can provide more
control over your playback options by speaking your song titles and artist
names, and announcing a menu of playlists for you to choose from. The VoiceOver feature changes the way you browse and navigate your music by telling you what title or artist you are listening to
(through the headphones) without interrupting your music with a press of button. The
VoiceOver feature also allows Playlist playback the iPod
shuffle (4th gen) since it will announce your Playlists names with press of a
button. VoiceOver also
tells you battery status and other messages.
- Track Info: VoiceOver can speak the current track title and
artist name while you're listening to iPod shuffle (4th gen).
- Playlists: When VoiceOver is enabled, you can hear the playlist
names and choose any playlist you've synced to the iPod shuffle (4th gen). If audiobooks or audio
podcasts are synced to iPod shuffle, their titles are also read as part of the playlist menu.
Note: The VoiceOver features supports 25 different
Genius: Genius finds songs
in your iTunes library that go great together and uses them to create Genius
playlists and Genius Mixes. Genius playlists and Genius Mixes created in iTunes
can be synced to iPod shuffle like any other iTunes playlist. You can't add Genius Mixes to iPod shuffle manually.
- Genius Playlist: A
Genius playlist is based on a song that you select. iTunes then compiles a
Genius playlist of songs that go great with the one you selected.
- Genius Mixes: Genius Mixes are preselected
compilations of songs that go great together. They're created for you by
iTunes, using songs from your iTunes library. Each Genius Mix is designed to
provide a different listening experience each time you play it. iTunes
creates up to 12 Genius Mixes, based on the variety of music in your iTunes
Note: Genius is a free
service, but you need an iTunes Store account to use it. If you don't have
an account, you can set one up when you turn on Genius.
Podcast, Audiobooks & iTunes U Collections: The iPod
shuffle(4th gen) supports the download and playback of Podcasts, iTunes U, and
- Listening to Podcasts: Podcasts are free, downloadable
shows available at the iTunes Store. Podcasts are organized by shows,
episodes within shows, and chapters within episodes. If you stop playing a
podcast and return to it later, the podcast begins playing where you left
- iTunes U: iTunes U is
a part of the iTunes Store that features free lectures, language lessons, audiobooks, and more, which you can download and sync to the iPod shuffle
- Audiobooks: You can purchase and download audiobooks
from the iTunes Store or audible.com, or import audiobooks from CDs, and listen to them on the iPod shuffle (4th
Volume Level: The loudness of songs and other audio may vary depending
on how the audio was recorded or encoded. You can set iTunes to automatically
adjust the volume of songs so they play at the same relative volume level, and
you can set iPod shuffle to use those same iTunes volume settings.
Volume Limit: You can set a limit for the volume on iPod shuffle. You
can also set a password in iTunes to prevent anyone else from changing this
Compact Design: The Apple
iPod shuffle (4th gen) is very compact and light-weight. It measures only 1.245"
(w) x 1.165" (h) x 0.355" (d).
Built-in Clip: The 2GB iPod
shuffle (4th gen) comes ready to wear with its built-in, stainless steel, sturdy clip. You can clip it to
your pants or shirt pocket, belt or shirt sleeve.
Reset: Reset iPod shuffle (4th gen) by turning it off, waiting 10
seconds, and then turning it back
3.5mm Jack: The Apple iPod
shuffle's (4th gen) 3.5mm jack does double duty as a headphone connector and USB connector. The
shuffle (4th gen) uses a
3.5mm male connector to plug in either the supplied headphones or to connect the
iPod shuffle to your computer using the supplied minijack to USB cable.
Headphones: The iPod shuffle (4th gen) features a 3.5 minijack headphone
output and comes with earbud-style headphones (Frequency Response:
20Hz-20,2000Hz; Impedance: 32-ohms). If desired, you can use any headphones with
a 3.5mm minijack connector.
USB Cable: The iPod shuffle (4th gen) connects to your computer's
high-power USB 2.0 port for downloading and charging the battery using the
supplied minijack-to-USB cable.
iTunes: iTunes is the software application you use with the
iPod shuffle (4th gen). iTunes offers over 13 million songs for your to choose
from. iTunes can sync music, audiobooks, podcasts, and more with your iPod
shuffle (4th gen). When you connect the iPod shuffle (4th gen) to your computer,
iTunes opens automatically.
Note: The iPod shuffle (4th gen) requires iTunes 10 or
Auto-Synching: Each time you connect the iPod shuffle (4th
gen) to your computer, the unit's Auto-Synch feature automatically updates it
with any changes made to the iTunes program on your computer, including any new
music purchased at the iTunes Music Store.
Computer Requirements: The Apple iPod shuffle (4th gen) is
compatible with both Macintosh and Windows operating systems with the following
- Operating System:
- Windows: Windows 7, Vista, or XP Home or
Professional (SP3) or later
- Macintosh: Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later
- USB Port: USB 2.0 high-speed
- Software: iTunes 10 or later (software not included,
must be downloaded from Apple iTunes website)
Note: The iPod shuffle (4th gen) comes with no
software. You must download the latest version of iTunes music
management software from the Apple website.
Rechargeable Battery: The iPod
shuffle (4th gen) has an internal, non-user-replaceable, rechargeable lithium polymer battery. The battery
offers up to 15 hours of playback. When the iPod shuffle (4th gen) is connected to a
high-power USB port on your computer using the supplied minijack to USB cable,
the battery charges. The iPod shuffle (4th gen) battery is 80% charged in
about 2 hours, and fully charged in about 3
Charging/Status Light: When the battery is charging, the status light on the iPod shuffle (4th
gen) is solid orange. When the battery is fully charged, the status light is
green. In iTunes, the battery icon next to the name of your iPod shuffle also
shows the battery status. The icon displays a lightning bolt when the battery is
charging, and a plug when the battery is fully charged.