iPod shuffle 2nd Generation Late 2008 Explained

Source: apple.com – iPod shuffle 2nd Generation Colors

The Apple iPod shuffle 2nd Generation Late 2008 stands as a hallmark in the realm of portable MP3 players, having been conceived, produced, and marketed by Apple from 2008 to 2009, forming an integral part of the esteemed iPod series. Officially unveiled on September 9, 2008, this pioneering device debuted with a modest starting price of $49.

Distinguishing the “Late 2008” iteration from its predecessor, the iPod shuffle (Second Generation) series, this line retained the core functionalities while embracing a vibrant spectrum of hues. Notably, the Late 2008 models introduced a palette comprising blue, green, pink, silver, and the striking “Special Edition (PRODUCT) RED,” deviating from the “Late 2007” lineup which featured light blue, light green, purple, silver, and red variants.

Despite this chromatic diversity, the physical dimensions of these models remained unchanged, offering a compact form factor of 1.07 inches in height, 0.98 inches in width, and 0.33 inches in depth, further enhanced by an integrated clip facilitating easy attachment to garments or pockets.

In terms of storage, the iPod shuffle 2nd Generation (Late 2008) provided options of either 1 GB or 2 GB of flash memory, the latter configuration being discontinued on March 11, 2009. These capacities enabled users to curate extensive music libraries, accommodating up to 240 or 500 songs, respectively. Additionally, Apple touted an impressive estimated battery life of 12 hours, ensuring prolonged enjoyment of music on the go.

Pioneering a vibrant array of colors including Silver, Green, Blue, Pink, and (PRODUCT) RED, the late 2008 iPod shuffle stood out for its aesthetic appeal. Beyond its visual allure, the device boasted a standard 3.5-mm headphone jack, delivering exceptional audio quality, thus enriching the user experience.

Regrettably, despite its acclaim, the iPod shuffle 2nd Generation Late 2008 met its discontinuation on September 9, 2009, marking the end of an era in portable music consumption.

Today, as it commemorates its 15-year since inception, the iPod shuffle 2nd Generation Late 2008 continues to evoke nostalgia and admiration among enthusiasts, symbolizing an epoch of innovation and technological advancement in the realm of personal audio devices.

iPod shuffle 2nd Generation
Source: apple.com – iPod shuffle 2nd Generation

iPod shuffle 2nd Generation Late 2008 Details

Introduced September 9, 2008 – 15 years ago
Discontinued March 11, 2009 (2 GB) – 15 years ago
September 9, 2009 (1 GB) – 14 years ago
Time on the Market 12 months (1 year)
Model Number A1204
EMC 2125
Order Number MB225LL/A (1 GB Silver)
MB813LL/A (1 GB Blue)
MB815LL/A (1 GB Green)
MB811LL/A (1 GB Pink)
MB518LL/A (2 GB Silver)
MB683LL/A (2 GB Blue)
MB685LL/A (2 GB Green)
MB681LL/A (2 GB Pink)
Original Price $49 (1 GB)
$69 (2 GB)
Colors Silver
Weight 0.55 oz. – 15 Grams
Dimensions 1.07” H x 1.62” W x 0.41″ D
2.71 cm H x 4.11 cm W x 0.83 cm D

iPod shuffle Tech Specs


Processor Samsung ARM-based chip
Processor Speed Unknown
Architecture Unknown
Number of Cores 1
Cache Unknown


Storage 1 GB
2 GB


Built-in Display None
Resolutions N/A


Audio Formats AAC
Photo Formats None
Video Formats None


Ports 1 – 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
Camera None


Controls Play/Pause
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Maximum OS 1.0.4
iTunes iTunes 7.7 or later
System Requirements Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later
Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later
Windows Vista or later


Accessories Earbud headphones


Battery Built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Battery Capacity Unknown
Battery Life Up to 12 hours
Charge Time Up to 4 hours
Power Charging via USB dock

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Further Reading and References

  • iPod shuffle (2nd generation): Technical Specifications – Apple Support
  • iPod Shuffle – Wikipedia
  • 2nd Generation iPod shuffle – Low End Mac
  • iPod shuffle (2nd Generation) – Apple History
  • Apple iPod Shuffle second generation review – CNET

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