New iPod shuffle Brings Back Buttons [Updated]

Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced a new version of the iPod shuffle during the company’s media event on Wednesday. The next generation shuffle brings back the button controls of earlier models, but retains the VoiceOver controls from the most recent buttonless model.

The fourth generation iPod shuffle brings back the popular body style from the second generation model, although it is slightly smaller. It also brings back the second generation’s ring-shaped buttons, too, and now supports Genius Mixes.

Apple’s new yet familiar iPod shuffle

The new iPod shuffle measures 1.14 x 1.24-inches and weighs 0.44 ounces. It offers up to 15 hours of audio playback, and includes an iPod shuffle sync cable along with earbuds.

The new iPod shuffle will be available next week in silver, blue, green, orange and pink in a 2GB capacity for US$49. Pre-orders are available now.

[Updated with additional iPod shuffle information.]