SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - - Apple on Wednesday unveiled a new version of its iconic iPod, calling it "the world's smallest music player" with a new feature that speaks to its owner.
The new iPod shuffle is "nearly half of the size of the previous model" and includes a feature that voices song titles, artists and playlist names.
"The third-generation iPod shuffle is significantly smaller than a AA battery, holds up to 1,000 songs and is easier to use with all of the controls conveniently located on the earphone cord," Apple said in a statement.
"With the press of a button, you can play, pause, adjust volume, switch playlists and hear the name of the song and artist."
The new music player will sell for 79 dollars in the US market.
Apple sold 22.7 million iPods in 2008. The "shuffle" randomly selects songs from the player's music library.
The iPod shuffle can speak 14 languages: English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.