迷失在洗牌中

2004年12月,有传言称苹果公司将发布一款基于闪存的iPod(The shipping iPod lineup at the time consisted of hard-drive based iPods and iPod Minis.) A site called TheMacMind, now shuttered, ran a report claiming that not only was Apple set to release flash-based iPods, but that they’d cost just $99 and were so small that they wouldn’t even have displays唯一的控件是播放/暂停,下一个/上一个,以及音量增大/减小(Archive.org有TheMacMind的独家新闻的缓存版本。)

我预测TheMacMind错了,但事实上他们是正确的:Apple宣布推出iPod Shuffle在2005年1月的Macworld Expo上。

在我错误地驳回谣言的过程中,我将TheMacMind报道的设计描述为“不太合理”,主要关注缺少显示器:

作为一个可行的设计,我根本看不到任何屏幕Without a graphical interface, the only thing left would be an audio interface — some sort of text-to-speech output to read menu items, playlist titles, and so forth through the earphonesThis seems like a recipe for a frustrating experience, trying to locate a specific song that isn’t a few spots away from the one you’re currently listening to.

Part of the reason the original iPod was so successful at the outset is that its display was larger than most other competing playersI just don’t see how you could get an even vaguely decent experience without any display at all.

Shuffle继续为Apple取得巨大成功Apple没有发布按型号细分的iPod销售数据,但从平均销售价格(苹果确实发布的数量)来判断,他们销售了很多。

我忽略的是,在Shuffle上,Apple甚至不会尝试提供任何真正的图书馆导航方式只需随机地随机播放一堆歌曲或者如果你愿意的话,线性地播放它就足够了。

但新的亚马逊Kindle的内置文字转语音功能让我想到了我对Shuffle音频接口的旧想法如果Kindle可以做到,为什么不洗牌?

除了颜色变化和价格下降之外,目前的Shuffle并没有发生过如此重大的变化于2006年9月发布我说这是一个新的设计Sure, it’s “just the Shuffle”, but it’s bound to be redesigned eventually, and what better product to redesign in this economy than the economy-class iPod? They can’t make it significantly smaller, so why not a text-to-speech interface?

请注册一个提供像HAL一样的声音的人。

更新:我忘记了最新的Nanos有这样一个功能

Spoken menus allow listeners to hear many of the names of menus, song titles, and artists without viewing the screen.

把它添加到Shuffle,就是我所说的。