FROM Walkman to Talkman. Not content with changing the world’s music-listening habits, Apple has come up with another innovation: the talking iPod.
A new generation of machines will use sophisticated software to convert the names of bands, albums and individual tracks into recognisable speech.
The new iPod will tell you what it is about to play, removing the need for users to look at the screen while selecting music, and making the device safer and easier to use while driving, cycling or in badly-lit locations.
Crucially, the talking machines could give the iPod a badly-needed new competitive edge in the hotly-contested digital music player market.