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Apple iPod shuffle 3rd Gen (Colors) 2 GB, 4 GB Specs

Identifiers: 3rd Gen (Colors) - MC306LL/A* - A1271 - 2262

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Apple iPod shuffle 3G (Colors)The iPod shuffle 3rd Generation (Late 2009/Colors) models essentially are the same externally as the previous iPod shuffle 3rd Generation except they are offered in colors -- blue, green, and pink -- in addition to the same black and silver colors offered previously and a new all stainless steel "Special Edition" as well.

Internally, the "Late 2009/Colors" models are available in a 2 GB capacity as well as the original 4 GB capacity (the "Special Edition" only is offered in a 4 GB capacity).

Regardless of color, the iPod shuffle 3rd Generation models use an effectively three button controller -- volume up, volume down, and "action" -- integrated with the earphone cable and "VoiceOver" technology for navigation. To use the "action" button, one is to press and hold for title/artists or press and hold until a tone for playlists and "VoiceOver" will "talk to you" with the appropriate information.

The 2 GB and 4 GB of flash memory in the iPod shuffle 3rd Generation (Late 2009/Colors) models support up to 500 and 1000 songs, respectively, and Apple reports an estimated ten hours of battery life.

Also see: What are the differences between the iPod shuffle 3rd Generation and the earlier iPod shuffle 2nd Generation?

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September 9, 2009 September 1, 2010
Details: The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

Also see: All iPhone models introduced in 2009.
N/A Samsung ARM*
Details: *Apple provides no information on the processor used in the iPod shuffle 2nd Gen models, but it uses an Apple branded processor, believed to be a Samsung ARM.
N/A 2 GB, 4 GB
Details: N/A
500, 1000 None
Details: Apple reports that the 2 GB and 4 GB iPod shuffle (3rd Generation) models can hold "up to" 500 and 1000 songs, respectively, "based on 4 minutes per song and 128-Kbps AAC encoding; actual song capacity varies by encoding method and bit rate." They lack a display and consequently do not support photo slideshows or video playback.
Sync & Charge None
Details: The third generation iPod shuffle models are capable of charging and syncing by USB using the provided cable. Firewire "400" is not supported.
USB Stereo Minijack*
Details: The iPod shuffle (3rd Generation) models only have a stereo minijack that provides connectivity to the headphones and to a computer using the provided USB cable.
Handheld iPod shuffle 3rd Gen
Details: N/A
Colors* Earphones/VoiceOver**
Details: *The iPod shuffle 3rd Generation (Colors/Late 2009) models are offered in silver, black, blue, green, pink, and a "Special Edition" stainless steel. All have a "mirrored finish" clip.

**For navigation, these models have a three button remote -- effectively volume up, volume down, and "action" (which varies depending on the number and duration of clicks) -- integrated with the headphones and a spoken response dubbed "VoiceOver" where the iPod "speaks" the names of songs, artists, and playlists.
None N/A
Details: The iPod shuffle (3rd Generation) models do not have an integrated display.
Lithium Ion 10 Hours
Details: Apple reports that the iPod shuffle (3rd Generation) models provide "up to" 10 hours of music playback.

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Details: The iPod shuffle (3rd Generation) models lack a display and consequently do not support photo slideshows or video playback.
"About 3 Hours" MC306LL/A*
Details: *MC306LL/A is the order number for the 2 GB configuration in silver. 2 GB in black is MC323LL/A, blue is MC384LL/A, green is MC381LL/A, and pink is MC387LL/A. The 4 GB configuration in black is MC164LL/A, silver is MB867LL/A, blue is MC328LL/A, green is MC307LL/A, and pink is MC331LL/A.
3rd Gen (Colors) A1271 (EMC 2262)
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All iPods with the A1271 Model Number and the 2262 EMC Number.
1.8 x 0.7 x 0.3 0.38 ounce*
Details: In inches - height by width by depth (including clip) -- 45.2 mm x 17.5 mm x 7.8 mm, 10.7 grams.

*The silver, black, blue, green, and pink models weigh 0.38 of an ounce (10.7 grams). The stainless steel "Special Edition" weighs 0.61 of an ounce (17.2 grams).
MacOS X 10.4.11 Windows XP SP3/Vista
Details: Apple reports that this iPod is compatible with a "Mac computer with a USB 2.0 port, MacOS X 10.4.11 or later, and iTunes 9 or later."

It is compatible with a "PC with a USB 2.0 port, Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later, and iTunes 9 or later."
Apple reports that the iPod shuffle 3rd Generation (Late 2009/Colors) models support "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."
Shipped with "Apple earphones with remote and iPod shuffle USB cable."
US$59, $79, $99* US$20-US$30
Details: *The 2 GB configurations were US$59 and the 4 GB configurations were US$79, with the exception of the all stainless steel 4 GB "Special Edition" model -- which was available only direct from Apple -- and cost US$99.

Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).

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Global original prices for the iPod shuffle 3rd Gen (Colors) in 34 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region. Please note that prices with an asterisk (*) are bound by carrier contractual obligations.

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Original Prices - North & South America

C$69, C$89, C$109 N/A
N/A US$59, $79, $99*

Original Prices - Europe

€55, €75, €95 €55, €75, €95
DKK 399, 549 €65, €85, €105
€59, €79, €99 €55, €75, €95
€55, €75, €95 €55, €75, €95
N/A €55, €75, €95
NOK 479, 649, 799 €55, €75, €95
€55, €75, €95 SEK 579, 779, 979
CHF 75, 99, 129 £49, £59, £75

Original Prices - Asia

RMB 448, 608, 788 HK$448, HK$588, HK$748
Rs 3,700, 4,800 N/A
¥5,800, ¥7,800, ¥9,800 KRW 89,000, 119,000
N/A NT$2,290, NT$3,000, NT$3,890

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$79, A$109, A$139 NZ$99, NZ$129, NZ$169

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