Apple launches smaller, 4-gigabyte iPod shuffle

March 11, 2009 12:34:03 PM PDT
Apple Inc. is launching a smaller version of the iPod shuffle. It has a new feature that speaks the names of artists and songs. Apple touts the new $79 device, which stores 4 gigabytes - up to about 1,000 songs - as "significantly" smaller than a double-A battery. Mirroring design updates to the company's laptop computer line, the new Shuffle comes in a gray aluminum exterior.

Apple says the Shuffle's new VoiceOver feature comes in 14 languages.

Apple shares rose $3.16, 3.6 percent, to $91.79 in morning trading Wednesday.