Thursday, 12 March 2009

New shuffle doesn't have text-to-speech

It turns out that the new iPod Shuffle doesn't have text-to-speech functionality. It appears that the text-to-speech is handled by iTunes, which transfers the spoken song titles and play list titles to the iPod shuffle as audio files. (Evidence for this is to be found in the demo video, which reveals that the voice sounds different is you sync with a PC rather than a Mac).

This is perhaps not surprising, since it would be hard to jam sufficient computational power into the tiny Shuffle enclosure to support this. It does indicate that it will be a more complex task to add this functionality to the Touch and the iPhone, where tracks may be bought over the air, and text-to-speech will presumably be required.

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