Apple’s third-generation, screen-free iPod Shuffle features ‘VoiceOver’ spoken track names, 4GB of storage and an even smaller, AA battery-sized enclosure, with all the controls residing in the headphones.
Pros: VoiceOver does away with the problem of not identifying a track or playlist easily, and at this size, you certainly can’t claim it’s not portable.
Cons: Having the controls in the headphones locks you solidly into using only those headphones, which is annoying. It’s also oddly priced at $155 – for $94 more you could buy an 8GB iPod nano with full screen, video and your choice of headphones.
Verdict: Cute design, but full of practical limitations.