Why is iPod Shuffle’s ‘voice over’ feature not available on the iPhone?

Just wonderin’ — the iPod Shuffle has a really cool feature where a synthesized voice will announce the name of a song over the earphones upon request. Super useful feature on any iPod, right? Then how come is it not available on the far more powerful and expensive iPhone? Is there a technical reason or a marketing reason or some other mysterious reason?

0 thoughts on “Why is iPod Shuffle’s ‘voice over’ feature not available on the iPhone?

  1. On the iPhone, activate Voice Control by holding down the home button and say “what song is playing?” Only on 3GS or later.

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  2. And, if you’re me, be prepared for the iPhone to mumble the name of the Norwegian black metal band in a totally unintelligible form, so you have to look at the screen anyway…

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  3. But why do they make me ‘say’ anything? When I want to know what song is playing is when I am driving or otherwise engaged. Plus the recognition is not super reliable as you know, esp in car noise.

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  4. A shuffle has no visual display. I’m sure they made this “voice over” feature because of this reason. Nano’s, ipod touches as well as the iphone, you can pick your songs from a screen, as well as be able to view what song is playing. The shuffle can’t do this.

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