An iPod shuffle owner has disassembled his new music player - and has published the images online.

The series of shots show how the product was completely disassembled, and notes that the hardest part of that task is "figuring out the first step".

"As is expected with Apple, every detail of this design has been thought through and there are no visible clues as to how the casing comes apart."

The photo report, which is available on Mac enthusiast site, Apple Matters, also notes the cap fixing. The iPod shuffle's cap (which covers the USB plug) fits onto the unit securely because the design features spring-loaded ball bearings.

"The USB plug contains a small perforated hole on each of the thin sides into which the ball bearings snap with a gratifying 'click'."