The new iPod Shuffle comes in the classic transparent plastic case and you can easily see the music player and the remote control (which is part of the right earphone) from the front.
Opening up the case reveals the Apple earphones with remote control, USB cable (45mm) and a Quick Start guide. There is no dock unlike the 2nd generation iPod Shuffle, though the USB cable provided should be sufficient for use. But if you like a longer cable, Apple has informed us that they have the pack consisting of the 45mm and 1000mm USB cables available at their stores (retailing at SGD28).
Putting the 3rd generation side-by-side with the 2nd generation iPod Shuffle, we noticed the similar external control. The 2nd generation has two controls – one for power and the other for shuffle/play in sequence mode, but the 3rd generation only has one control with all the three modes – Power off, shuffle and play in sequence. (Once you switched to shuffle or play in sequence, the iPod Shuffle is powered on).
As mentioned earlier, the new one also does not have the volume or track controls anymore.
Flipping the music players to the back, you can see that the 3rd generation iPod Shuffle is about the same length as its sibling, but half its breadth. It also retains the useful clip for clipping to your shirt, and the manufacturer has taken the extra step of making it more durable using stainless steel.