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Apple iPod Shuffle 3rd Generation Technical Specifications

Apple iPod Shuffle 3rd Generation Technical Specifications
Brand: Apple
Category: Apple iPod
  • Camera No
  • Display NA
  • OS NA
  • Battery NA
  • Storage 2GB, 4GB

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Apple iPod Shuffle 3rd Generation Review and Features

The third-generation iPod Shuffle was released on March 11, 2009, and was said by Apple to be “jaw-droppingly small” and “The first music player that talks to you”, with dimensions of 45.2 mm × 17.5 mm × 7.8 mm (1.8 in × 0.7 in × 0.3 in).

It was available with a silver or black brushed aluminium case similar to the second generation iPod Shuffle; this made it the first iPod Shuffle that was available in black. It featured VoiceOver technology that allowed song names, artist names, album names and playlist contents and names to be spoken in 20 different languages using the Text-to-Speech incorporated in iTunes 8 and 9.

In contrast to previous versions of the iPod Shuffle, it also gained support for multiple playlists, which allowed only a single playlist.
The inside of a third-generation iPod Shuffle

The third-generation iPod Shuffle featured a polished steel attachment clip, adopting for the first time the polished steel finishing previously found only on the larger iPods, rather than the brushed aluminium used in the second-generation iPod Shuffle.

It also no longer had volume or track controls on the device itself. Instead, the packaged iPod earbuds included a three-button device on the right earbud cord. This added the functions of changing between playlists, hearing the song title and artist of the track playing, as well as play/pause, track changes and volume control.

It was originally impossible to change songs or volume with most third-party headphones since they lacked these controls. However, since the device began playing music automatically when turned on, third-party headphones could still be used in “autoplay” mode (with no volume or playback controls).

After its release, some third-party headphones and headphone adapters began to include full support for the third generation. The official headphones contained a chip designed by Apple to control the device. DRM is not however present in the chip as there is no encryption used.

On September 9, 2009, Apple introduced three new colours for the iPod Shuffle: pink, blue, and green. The Apple Store also offered a 4 GB model made of polished stainless steel.

Full Technical Specifications

General Technical Specifications

Device Type Portable Media Player
Released 11 March, 2009
Status Discontinued
Predecessor iPod Mini
Successor iPod Touch
Generation 3rd
Colors Silver, Black
System Requirements Mac system requirements

Mac computer with USB 2.0 port
Mac OS X v10.4.11 or later
iTunes 9 or later

Windows system requirements

PC with USB 2.0 port
Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
iTunes 9 or later
Input and Output 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack
iPod's Processor Type Samsung ARM
iPod's Internal Memory 2GB or 4GB flash drive
Holds up to 500 or 1,000 songs in 128-Kbps AAC format
Stores data via USB flash drive
FM Radio Support No
Audio Technology Features Audio

Skip-free playback
Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
Headphone Type 3.5mm Audio jack
Dimensions Height:
1.8 inch (45.2 mm)
0.7 inch (17.5 mm)
0.3 inch (7.8 mm) including clip
True volume:
0.26 cu inch (4326 cu mm)
Weight Weight: 0.38 ounce (10.7 grams) for iPod shuffle in anodized aluminium 0.61 ounce (17.2 grams) for iPod shuffle in polished stainless steel
Camera No
SIM <strong>SIM</strong> (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. No SIM
Battery Built-in rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
Playback time: Up to 10 hours when fully charged
Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter (sold separately)
80% charged in 2 hours; fully charged in 3 hours
Navigation Four buttons on the front to navigate the playlist.

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