I really like what Apple's been doing with these Shuffles. Though the price has been raised on the new ones seen above, at $79 for 4GB, they still make great corporate gifts. I can't tell you how many companies I've seen giving away Shuffles to employees, potential customers, etc...
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My understanding is that Yes the controls are on the earbud chord, you can adjust the volume and by pressing the "button " on the chord it tells you the song title and artist.. hold it longer and it reads your playlists, press again when you hear the playlist you want. Viola! ... you can "shuffle" through the lists.
Currently only Apple earbuds work, BUT 3rd party companies are making compatible sets... be patient... all they need is the jack and the controller (3 buttons) on the existing chord. Shouldn't take them long.
I'm waiting for the iChip they plant in your head ! Holds 100,000 songs or 10,000 movies. It feeds directly in to the proper region of the brain! One downside is IF the iChip ever malfunctions - the saying "I can't get that song outta my head" will have new meaning !!
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