The iPod Shuffle (trademarked as iPod shuffle) is a digital audio player designed and marketed by Apple Inc. It is the budget model in Apple's iPod family. It was announced at the Macworld Conference & Expo on January 11, 2005, using the tagline "life is random". Instead of storing data on a hard disk, it was the first iPod to use flash memory. The current third generation model, introduced on 11 March, 2009, weighs 10.7 grams (0.38 ounces).The iPod Shuffle is the smallest device made by Apple, one of the smallest digital audio players ever produced
The third generation iPod shuffle was released on 11 March, 2009 and is said by Apple to be "jaw-droppingly small" and "The first music player that talks to you"  with dimensions of 45.2 x 17.5 x 7.8 mm (1.8 x 0.7 x 0.3 in). The new generation is a 4GB model at US$79, GB£59, CA$99, AU$129 or €75 (The second generation 1GB iPod shuffle is still available, however the 2GB version has been discontinued.) It is available with a silver or black brushed aluminum case similar to the second generation iPod Shuffle. This makes it the first iPod Shuffle that is available in black. It features VoiceOver technology that allows song names, artist names, album names and playlist contents and names to be spoken in 14 different languages  using the Text-to-Speech incorporated in iTunes 8. It also has gained support for multiple playlists, in contrast to previous versions of the iPod Shuffle, which allowed only a single playlist.
The third generation iPod Shuffle features a polished steel attachment clip, adopting for the first time the polished steel finishing previously found only on the larger iPods, rather than the brushed aluminum used in the second-generation iPod Shuffle. It also no longer has volume or track controls on the device itself. Instead, the included Apple earphones now include a three-button device on the right earbud cord. This adds the functions of changing between playlists, hearing the song title and artist of the track playing, as well as play/pause, track changes and volume control. It is not possible to change songs or volume with current third-party headphones, since they lack these controls. However, since the iPod shuffle begins playing music automatically when it is turned on, third-party headphones may still be used in "autoplay" mode (with no volume or playback controls). Some future third-party headphones and headphone adapters will include full support for the iPod shuffle. These headphones may now be also used on other modern iPod.