The fifth-generation iPod touch might resemble the iPhone more than ever before, however Apple still took some shortcuts in some areas.
Steven Sande for TUAW writes:
If you’re one of the many people who has picked up a new fifth-generation iPod touch recently, you probably noticed one little change to the EarPods that came with it — they don’t have the same inline remote with microphone that comes with the iPhone 5.
I have always appreciated the convenience of controlling my iPhone music volume by using the remote on the earphones, so this is a disappointing situation for new iPod touch owners.
Apple does sell EarPods with Remote and Mic for $29 online and in stores for those that are willing to make the upgrade. The new iPod touch does have a built-in microphone, although adjusting the volume without using the inline remote requires using the volume rocker on the side of the device.