You're all missing a huge issue here. The reason he mentioned the girl is screwed when the headphones break. Think about it, it's the reason I think this new revision is seriously flawed, and in fact the last generation of iPod Shuffle was perfect.
If the controls for the device are on the headphones, what happens if the headphones break, or get lost? You're looking at $80 to replace them.
More importantly, how exactly do I plug this iPod into my stereo? How can I use my own headphones? I own some noise-cancelling bose headphones, they're useless with this device.
The design, in my opinion, was an ill choice on Apple's part, which sounded good in the office 'Let's make it smaller', but in practice actually made it less intuitive. The same functionality could have been achieved if the controls had been placed on the device.
Design for the sake of design is useless. Which is why I'm so surprised Apple went the way it did with this iPod.
You're missing the point, the headphones are an integral part of the shuffle not an accessory. There are 3rd party headphones coming out.
As for losing headphones? LOL. That was the argument against the nano and the shuffle when they first came out, that they were too small and you would lose them.
There is a cable to connect the shuffle, the last generation had a cable too, nothing new there!
All these people who complain about the controls on the cord have obviously never used them. I use the controls on the cord with my iphone everyday and i would hate not to have them!