iPod shuffle (3rd generation) - Technical Specifications

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Size and weight

1.8 inches (45.2 mm)
0.7 inch (17.5 mm)
0.3 inch (7.8 mm) including clip
True volume:
0.26 cu inch (4326 cu mm)
0.38 ounce (10.7 grams)1
for iPod shuffle in anodized aluminum
0.61 ounce (17.2 grams)1
for iPod shuffle in polished stainless steel


External controls

  • Shuffle
  • Play in order
  • Turn off

Input and output

  • 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack

Environmental requirements

  • Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F
    (0° to 35° C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F
    (-20° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
    (3000 m)


  • 2GB or 4GB flash drive2
  • Holds up to 500 or 1,000 songs in 128-Kbps AAC format3
  • Stores data via USB flash drive

Battery and power4

  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
  • Playback time: Up to 10 hours when fully charged
  • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter (sold separately)
    • 80% charged in 2 hours; fully charged in 3 hours


  • Skip-free playback
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

Environmental Status Report

iPod shuffle embodies Apple’s continuing environmental progress. It is designed with the following features to reduce environmental impact:

  • BFR-free
  • PVC-free
  • Highly recyclable

VoiceOver Kit

  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Turkish


  • Earphones with Remote
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Impedance: 32 ohms

Mac system requirements

  • Mac computer with USB 2.0 port
  • Mac OS X v10.4.11 or later
  • iTunes 9 or later5

Windows system requirements

  • PC with USB 2.0 port
  • Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
  • iTunes 9 or later5

In the box

  • iPod shuffle
  • Earphones with Remote
  • iPod shuffle USB Cable (1.8 inches/45 mm)
  • Quick Start guide


In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic6

Engineered for extreme clarity and audio accuracy, these headphones let you hear musical details you’ve been missing.

Earphones with Remote and Mic6

These earbud headphones have convenient buttons that let you adjust volume and control music and video playback.

USB Power Adapter

Use this ultracompact USB-based adapter to charge your iPhone or iPod whenever it’s not connected to a computer.

iPod shuffle USB Cable

This cable, in two lengths, connects your iPod shuffle (3rd generation) to your computer’s USB port for syncing and battery charging.

  1. Weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
  2. 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  3. Song capacity is based on 4 minutes per song and 128-Kbps AAC encoding; in 256-Kbps AAC format, song capacity is up to 250 songs (2GB) or 500 songs (4GB); actual capacity varies by encoding method and bit rate.
  4. Testing conducted by Apple in February 2009 using preproduction hardware and software. The playlist contained 358 unique audio tracks consisting of content imported from CDs using iTunes (128-Kbps AAC) and content purchased from the iTunes Store (128-Kbps AAC). Battery tests are conducted with specific iPod units; actual results may vary. Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles and may eventually need to be replaced (see www.apple.com/support/ipod/service/battery). Battery life and number of charge cycles vary by use and settings. See www.apple.com/batteries for more information.
  5. iPod and iTunes are for legal or rightholder-authorized copying only. Don’t steal music.
  6. Mic is not supported on iPod shuffle (3rd generation).
Published Date: Apr 6, 2016