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Chapter 3. The iPod Shuffle > Meet the iPod Shuffle

3.1. Meet the iPod Shuffle

Just by looking at Figure 3-1, it's pretty obvious that the iPod Shuffle is much different from the regular iPods and iPod Minis described previously. For starters, it's barely over three inches tall, there's no display screen, and the click wheel looks like it shrank in the dryer. And you don't even need FireWire to do the Shuffle—the minuscule music machine plugs right into your computer's USB port.

A regular iPod has a miniature hard drive to store 4 to 60 gigabytes of music and data, but the iPod Shuffle uses a small chip of flash memory to store its contents. This is the same type of memory in the ubiquitous USB flash drive (snapped on the end of a keychain or tucked in a shirt pocket) that has replaced floppy disks as a way to carry around files from computer to computer.


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