New iPod Shuffle 3rd Generation: 2010 Model Brings Back Buttons

By Posted 1 Sep 2010, 19:22

Taking a step back from the hype surrounding the iPod Touch 4, Apple have released more information on their portable media players, this time with the new third-generation iPod Shuffle.

The Shuffle, which seems to be a joint mix of the last two generations, could be a step in the wrong direction, but bringing buttons back to the Shuffle seemed to be the obvious choice in Steve Jobs’ eyes as he stated “People clearly missed the buttons.”

The 3rd-gen Shuffle will come in five different colors, and will cost just $49. It also has our favorite little clip on the back so that we can strap it to ourselves while doing other tasks.

Battery life is said to last up to 15 hours, and will come with voiceover capabilities.

Images are available via Engadget.

Do you think Apple have taken a step backward with the buttons? It seems as though you wanted them back, so did you?

Source: Apple Insider

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  • Kyle

    well i missed the buttons tbh, now gives u the freedom to use your own headphones again :)

  • Pete

    It's the fourth-generation (4G) Shuffle. 1G was the gumstick one with the USB port, 2G was the one which looks like this but a bit bigger and 3G was the absolutely retarded buttonless one which forced you to use the god-awful headphones Apple supplies. To be honest, it's too close to the 2G really.

  • Ron Wayne

    absolutely. The old shuffle was a nightmare to navigate, with the buttons you can easily do this. This is a classic design that fits the product

  • Meredith

    Definitely wanted them back. I needed a new shuffle when the buttonless ones were already out and opted to buy the previous generation for the buttons.

  • Art M.

    I did not miss the buttons at all. I bought a control adaptor from Scosche and use my Westone earphones. Wonderful. The new shuffle would be ok if it included a 4 gig option. 2 gig is a problem.

  • Koko

    I feel alone but I really enjoyed the button-less tiny model. Moreover, Sennheiser makes a good headphone with controls.

  • Calorie

    I missed the buttons and was super excited to see the new one had the buttons back!

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