There was panic at the Apple stand at Macworld Expo San Francisco 2005 on Monday when one of the covered Apple banners was briefly exposed to other exhibitors building their booths at the Moscone Center's South Hall. The banner gave away closely guarded secrets about the company's much-rumoured forthcoming flash-based digital-music player.

From their brief glimpse at the banner sources reported to Macworld the following previously unpublished information. Previously, some information about the player had leaked into the public domain.

The micro iPod is white, and will hold 240 songs – but has no screen so will play the unlisted tracks in a set order or in random fashion. Four buttons are arranged in a square formation – two large buttons and two smaller ones.

Apple's slogan for the iPod is "240 songs a million ways".

Apple's existing iPods use a small hard disk to store tracks. The new micro iPod uses flash memory such as that used in digital cameras. It is rumoured that it will be able to store 1GB of compressed AAC audio.