I have to agree, I quiet prefered the last box. One thing that annoy'd me whenever I got my iPod. The box had no information. My kids toys that require no assembly at all had more instructions than a $250.00 piece of electronics did.
I've got to agree as well. With the Apple iPod box, you don't know what you've got until you open it up. Most (normal) people throw the box away eventually anyway, so who cares what it looks like on the outside.
It's only the pretentious, black-turtle-necked Apple drones who care about the style of a cardboard box.