updated 08:50 am EDT, Thu March 12, 2009
iPod VoiceOver speaks
Apple has made significant changes in its latest third-generation iPod shuffle, one of them being the addition of its VoiceOver function. The new feature enables the Shuffle to speak the names of a song and artist, and pronounce them in one of 14 different languages. In order to make this work, iTunes integrates with the iPod, reads the song information, and uses the VoiceOver Kit to generate the pronunciations. Because of the player's design, users will receive a different voice depending on what computer is used when syncing.
The technology also makes it possible to have multiple playlists, by announcing playlist names during selection. The multi-language support, meanwhile, is used select the language and best voice for each of a user's song titles. For people who want to listen to titles in a language different from the one suggested, the designated VoiceOver language can be changed within iTunes.
Languages offered include: Chinese (Mandarin), French, Italian, Portugese, Japanese, Turkish, Spanish, German, Czech, Dutch, Greek, Polish, Swedish and English.