Updated 18 May, 2013, 5:10 pm IST
Apple iPod: One Decade Later
| by Naina Khedekar
iPod Shuffle (2005 - 2010):
Several reasons may have compelled Apple to dish out what we now call the Shuffle. This most affordable device of the lot weighing in at a mere 22 grams launched in January 2005 was the first to employ flash memory. Just a year later, the company unfurled the second generation of this minuscule device which had the USB connector replaced by a docking station (for data transfer and recharging). It also garnered accolades for its clip-on design making it exteremely convenient for the avid gym enthusiast and others who liked keeping their hands and pockets free. Soon enough, in 2007, Apple decided to push in four new colors. In the same year, the lineup was refreshed with more color options as well as Product Red.
The first time the iPod 'flashed' you
In March 2009 came a design overhaul and the much talked about VoiceOver functionality that read artist names, albums, playlists and more. The Apple earphones integrated with the remote didn’t really seem to appeal to many Apple loyalists. The lack of physical keys on the device could also have been one of the reasons it didn't fare as well as the others, but there was no denying the fact that in the design segment it was as chic as they came. Moving into the fourth generation, Apple decided to go back to the older form but in a much sleeker profile with a Voice-over button. Though the third generation Shuffle was available in 4GB, the most recent iteration can be picked up in 2GB storage capacity as well.
Can touch this!
Here's another quick look at the timeline of the iPod -
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