Digital Music Player [iPod shuffle]

Maker and role
Apple Inc., Manufacturer
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An Apple iPod shuffle (2nd generation) portable digital music player in Perspex case with all attachments- charging port, ear phones, pamphlet.
1- bright pink metallic finish, white dial on front positioned slightly at right, on/off switch at bottom and hole at top for ear phones, clip attached at reverse with Apple and iPod logos.
2- Perspex case and Perspex, plastic and white paper packaging with logos of brand and company
3- white plastic and metal earphones
4- paper pamphlet and instructions on white paper using black, grey, bright green and orange coloured font and symbols
5 - iPod shuffle dock for downloading music and recharging, dock attached to cord with USB key at end
Brief History
Apple first introduced the iPod portable digital music player in late 2001, several years after digital music players first became available. The first iPod was smaller and easier to use than other players on the market and it was the beginning of what became a flagship product for Apple for many years, with a range of different iPod products and numerous revisions of each.
The iPod shuffle, the smallest of Apple’s iPod range, was launched in 2005. The shuffle was designed without a screen to be very lightweight, ideal for use when exercising. This second generation model has an integrated clip on the reverse, allowing it to be easily attached to the user’s clothing for example. With 1GB of storage it could hold around 240 songs.
The shuffle was discontinued in 2017 along with the iPod nano, which was the next size up from the shuffle both physically and in storage capacity. There were 4 ‘generations’ of the iPod shuffle, each generation marking a substantial redesign; the second generation was launched in 2006, with the last, fourth generation launched in 2010. iPods have largely been replaced by the increased functionality of mobile phones, although the iPod touch is still available in 2020.
MA947ZP/A iPod shuffle 1GB UPC / Designed by Apple in California / Assembled in China Model A1204 / (1P) Part No. MA947ZP/A / (S) Serial No. 4H706HH1XQS Printed
Credit Line
Apple Inc.. 2006. Digital Music Player [iPod shuffle], 2007.51. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).


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