So the iPod Shuffle has had a radical redesign, culminating in a sleeker, Bic lighter shape with a noticeable absence of buttons.
The 1,000 or so songs this 4GB player can handle are now navigable (is that a word?) via a slightly fiddly panel built in to the earphone cable – not a problem if you’re happy to put up with the supplied earbuds, but less convenient should you want to employ your own.
Its main USP is VoiceOver, a new interface that uses a Stephen Hawking-esque tone to tell you what you’re listening to, and which was allegedly developed in response to customer feedback decrying the device’s lack of display. We’re generally impressed with the results, though we reckon the promised 10-hour battery life won’t last the distance if your playlist includes the likes of Sufjan Stevens’ “The Black Hawk War, or, How to Demolish an Entire Civilization and Still Feel Good About Yourself in the Morning, or, We Apologize for the Inconvenience but You're Going to Have to Leave Now, or, 'I Have Fought the Big Knives and Will Continue to Fight Them Until They Are Off Our Lands!’” You get the point. £59 from the Apple Store