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Apple makes it official: New iPod Shuffle on Friday

Downsized version of already-teensy music player will be available Nov. 3.

Apple Computer announced on Tuesday that the second generation of its iPod Shuffle will be available globally on Friday, Nov. 3. The 1-gigabyte screenless iPod, which retails for $79, has been the subject of much fan speculation because of Apple CEO Steve Jobs' claim that it's the --it's half a cubic inch in volume.

The new Shuffle was announced as part of an Apple "" in September. Jobs originally stated that the little music player would ship in October, but when most of the month went by without a definite release date, enthusiasts began to wonder what had happened to it.