New, 'world's smallest' iPod shuffle due on Friday

Aside from introducing new iPods and a new version of iTunes with movie downloads, Apple also announced a new iPod shuffle at its "showtime" event in September. While the player was originally scheduled to appear some time in October, Apple now says it will finally become available on Friday.

Steve Jobs claims the new shuffle is the world's smallest MP3 player, and it looks like he might have his facts straight: the current holder of that title, MobiBLU's DAH-1500i, has a volume of 13.8cm³. The new shuffle may lack the DAH-1500i's display, but it measures up at just 11.8cm³ according to the specifications on Apple's site. The "2G" shuffle also has a built-in belt clip, 1GB of capacity, up to 12 hours of battery life, USB 2.0 support, and a bundled dock. Apple is already selling the new player for $79 at the Apple Store.

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