Putting to rest the rumours swirling this week that Apple was anticipating not being able to meet demand for the iPod shuffle, the company has announced it will be available worldwide this Friday, 3 November.

The iPod Shuffle measures just half a cubic inch in volume, weighs half an ounce, and has a large clip to adhere it to clothing or bags. It comes with 1GB of memory for £55.

Its two playback options are to randomly shuffle tracks, or to play them in the order they were loaded, so that you can listen to an entire album in order. An AutoFill option lets you sync the player through its bundled dock with iTunes and let the software randomly load songs on to it.

The player was first announced in early September, along with the new iPod nano, and it was expected that the shuffle would be available in October.