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Apple iPod shuffle 3rd Gen 4 GB Specs

Identifiers: 3rd Gen - MB867LL/A* - A1271 - 2262

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Apple iPod shuffle 3GThe iPod shuffle 3rd Generation presented a bold, and controversial departure from the previous iPod shuffle 2nd Generation models by removing the straightforward controls from the body of the player and introducing an effectively three button controller -- volume up, volume down, and "action" (which varies depending on the number and duration of clicks) -- integrated with the earphone cable.

The third generation was the first iPod shuffle to support playlists and also notably introduced "VoiceOver" which speaks the names of songs, artists and playlists upon pressing the center "action" button (press and hold for title/artists, press and hold until a tone for the playlists).

The iPod shuffle 3rd Generation uses an even smaller housing than previous iPod shuffle models (a mere 0.38 of an ounce), and are available only in silver or black aluminum -- both with a "mirrored" finish clip to attach the iPod shuffle 3rd Generation to clothing -- rather than in a selection of vibrant colors like their predecessors.

Both colors of the iPod shuffle 3rd Generation use 4 GB of flash memory supporting 1000 songs 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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March 11, 2009 September 9, 2009
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 4 GB
Details: N/A
1000 None
Details: Apple reports that the 4 GB iPod shuffle (3G) models can hold "up to" 1000 songs "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 (3G) 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
Silver & Black* Earphones/VoiceOver*
Details: *The iPod shuffle 3G was offered in either silver or black with 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 (2nd Gen) models do not have an integrated display.
Lithium Ion 10 Hours
Details: Apple reports that the iPod shuffle (3G) models provide "up to" 10 hours of music playback.

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Details: The iPod shuffle (3G) models lack a display and consequently do not support photo slideshows or video playback.
"About 3 Hours" MB867LL/A*
Details: *MB867LL/A is the order number for the iPod shuffle 3G in silver. In black, the order number is MC164LL/A.
3rd Gen 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. Apple also reports its "true volume" as 0.26 cu inches (4326 cu mm).
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, iTunes 8.1 or later, and broadband."

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, iTunes 8.1 or later, and broadband."
Apple reports that the iPod shuffle 3G models support "AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, WAV, and AIFF."
Shipped with "Apple earphones with remote and iPod shuffle USB cable."
US$79 US$20-US$30
Details: 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 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$99 N/A
N/A US$79

Original Prices - Europe

€79 €79
N/A €85
€79 €75
€75 €75
N/A €75
NOK 679 €75
€75 SEK 895
CHF 119 £59

Original Prices - Asia

RMB 608 HK$600
Rs 4,800 N/A
¥8,800 N/A
N/A NT$3,000

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$129 NZ$155

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