Apple Inc introduced a smaller version of its popular iPod Shuffle music player on Wednesday with a new feature that enables it to announce songs to its user.

The new 4 gigabyte Shuffle will be priced at $79 and carry up to 1,000 songs, twice as many as the last generation of Shuffles.

Users can control their songs and playlists from an earphone cord using the new VoiceOver feature which announces the songs to users in 14 different languages. The feature is particularly useful on the Shuffle as it does not have a display screen like most iPods or other digital music players.

Apple product manager Greg Joswiak said this third generation of iPod Shuffle will be the world's smallest music player, smaller than a AA battery.