Apple Praised for Accessible Products
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has applauded Apple's move to make iTunes and iPods accessible to blind and visually impaired people, saying, "The iPod nano, which was virtually unusable for people with vision loss, is now equipped with talking menus and large font options. Apple has also made improvements to the accessibility of iTunes."
In addition to adding talking menus to the new iPod nano, Apple has expanded the accessibility section of its website: According to Apple, screen reader users will also be able to access many more iTunes features, such as creating and managing an account and shopping for albums and songs in the iTunes store.
"This news is music to the ears of the 20 million Americans with significant vision loss," said Carl R. Augusto, president and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind. "I can't tell you how great it will be to find my Timbaland and Madonna songs without having to shuffle through every song in my music collection."