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On September 12, 2006, Apple announced the release of the second generation iPod Shuffle, calling it "the most wearable iPod ever".[3] First shipments of the unit were slated for an October 2006 arrival, but actually started shipping on Friday, November 3, 2006.[4] The new generation featured a lone 1 GB model at US$79, GB£49, CA$89, AU$119 or €89 (France) in a silver brushed aluminum case similar to the second generation iPod Nano and the older iPod Mini. The new model is less than half the size of the first generation model at 41.2 x 27.3 x 10.5 mm (1.62 x 1.07 x 0.41 in), and is reminiscent of the iPod Radio Remote available for iPod Nanos and 5th generation iPods. Apple claimed it was the "world's smallest MP3 player". This size includes the new built-in belt clip; the actual unit itself is thinner, with the entire device weighing only 15.5 g (0.55 ounces). The power and shuffle/no shuffle switches were also separated into two controls to prevent accidental choice of shuffle when that may not be the desired mode of operation. The formatting of the iPod itself is new to Apple, as the 2G (2nd Generation) shuffle will only format itself to FAT32. iTunes issues a warning that the iPod is incorrectly formatted if brought to the Macintosh format HFS+. All previous iPod models have allowed the usage of either the Mac format or the Windows format.[5]

On the second generation iPod Shuffle, USB connectivity is provided via an included dock, which transfers data through the headphone jack. The second generation iPod Shuffle is also able to act as a flash drive, just like the first generation iPod Shuffle. However, unlike the first generation iPod Shuffle, the second generation does not have a built-in USB connector. This means the dock is required for connection to a computer on the second generation model.

The second generation shuffle can play MP3, MP3 VBR, AAC, Protected AAC, Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4), WAV and AIFF, meaning that the only iTunes format not supported is Apple Lossless. Using WAV or AIFF will very quickly fill the device's low 1 GB capacity. iPod Shuffle cannot play music from music video files.

All nine colors of the second-generation iPod Shuffle. The bottom row are the original colors; the top row are the "refreshed" colors (with the exception of the orange iPod). Silver units have been available throughout the life of the second-generation shuffle.

On January 30, 2007, Apple announced the addition of four new colors to the iPod Shuffle line. In addition to the original silver, a pink, orange, green, and blue color has been made available via the Apple Store (online). Of the colors the blue, green, and pink are essentially the same hues as the second generation Minis and Nanos. The new orange color is a first for the iPod franchise. They also now come with the new redesigned headphones that were not included with the original silver model. The box was also changed to have gray text instead of the lime-green text, lime-green showing that the original headphones are included, and gray text showing that the new headphones are included.

On September 5, 2007, Apple refreshed the line with four new colors including a Product Red version. The new colors (turquoise, lavender, mint green, and Product Red) replaced the previous colors (pink, orange, green, and blue). On February 19, 2008, Apple reduced the price of the 1 GB model to $49 and announced the 2 GB version for $69 though the sale of the larger one was released later that month. However, since the release of the third generation iPod shuffle, the 2GB is no longer in production.

At the Apple Let's Rock Event on September 9, 2008, Apple released four new colors for the iPod Shuffle: blue, green, pink and red.


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Samsung ARM* N/A
Details: *Apple provides no information on the processor used in the iPod shuffle 2G models, but it uses an Apple branded processor, believed to be a Samsung ARM. For more information, please refer to the "teardown" from the always excellent iFixIt.
N/A 1 GB, 2 GB
Details: N/A
240, 500 None
Details: Apple reports that the 1 GB and 2 GB iPod shuffle (2G) models can hold "up to" 240 or 500 songs, respectively, in "128-Kbps AAC format". They lack a display and consequently do not support photo slideshows or video playback.
Sync & Charge None
Details: The second generation iPod shuffle models are capable of charging and syncing by USB using the provided dock. Firewire "400" is not supported.
USB Stereo Minijack*
Details: The iPod shuffle (2G) models only have a stereo minijack that provides connectivity to the headphones and to a computer using the provided USB dock.
Handheld iPod shuffle 2G
Details: N/A
Colors* Button*
Details: *The "Late 2008" colored iPod shuffle (2G) was offered in silver, blue, green, pink, and red. It does not have a "Clickwheel" for control.
None N/A
Details: The iPod shuffle (2G) models do not have an integrated display.
Lithium Ion 12 Hours
Details: Apple reports that the iPod shuffle (2G) models provide "up to" 12 hours of music playback.

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Details: The iPod shuffle (2G) models lack a display and consequently do not support photo slideshows or video playback.
"About 4 Hours" MB815LL/A*
Details: *MB815LL/A is the Apple model number for the 1 GB iPod shuffle 2G "Late 2008" in blue. The 1 GB model in green is MB813LL/A, pink is MB811LL/A, and silver is MB225LL/A (sharing the same identifer as the "Late 2007" silver model). The 2 GB "Late 2008" model in blue is MB683LL/A, green is MB685LL/A, pink is MB681LL/A, and silver is MB518LL/A (again sharing the same identifer as the "Late 2007" silver model).
1.62 x 1.07 x 0.41 0.55 ounce
Details: In inches - height by width by depth (including clip).
MacOS X 10.4.10 Windows Vista/XP SP2
Details: Apple reports that this iPod is compatible with a "Mac computer with a USB 2.0 port, MacOS X 10.4.10 or later, and iTunes 7.7 or later."

It is compatible with a "PC with a USB 2.0 port, Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later, and iTunes 7.7 or later."
Apple reports that these iPod shuffle 2G models support "AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), WAV, and AIFF."
Ships with "earphones and [a] dock."
US$49, US$69 US$49*
Details: *On March 11, 2009, Apple discontinued the 2 GB configuration but continues to sell the 1 GB configuration for US$49.

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