Engadget is right, the new Apple iPod Shuffles are shipping! Although my Apple store pre-order status still shows ETA of 3 November, I just received a call from DHL or some such announcing delivery tomorrow morning. Yay! Btw, I ordered on 28 September.
Update 1 November: Oh well, the surprise delivery wasn't to be, it was something else. But now, ETA is tomorrow.