Shuf­fling away

Ap­ple ditches the iPod shuf­fle and iPod nano for good

Mac Format - - APPLE CORE -

Ever since the iPhone came along, the iPod fam­ily has been feel­ing the pinch.

Now, Ap­ple has de­cided to fi­nally dis­con­tinue the iPod shuf­fle and iPod nano, leav­ing just the iPod touch as its last re­main­ing iPod.

The move will prob­a­bly not come as a sur­prise to many. Aside from a batch of new colour op­tions re­leased in 2015, the nano hadn’t been up­dated since 2012. The shuf­fle had gone even longer, and hadn’t seen a de­sign up­date since 2010.

This change means the sole re­main­ing iPod on sale to the public is the iPod touch. Ap­ple has phased out the old 16GB and 64GB mod­els, leav­ing the 32GB and 128GB op­tions as the only ca­pac­i­ties. The prices of th­ese mod­els have been low­ered to £199 and £299.

“To­day, we are sim­pli­fy­ing our iPod lineup with two mod­els of iPod touch now with dou­ble the ca­pac­ity start­ing at just $199 and we are dis­con­tin­u­ing the iPod shuf­fle and iPod nano,” Ap­ple an­nounced. The shuf­fle and nano are not the first iPods to be dis­con­tin­ued by Ap­ple in re­cent years, which stopped sell­ing the iPod clas­sic back in 2014.

Ap­ple has sold more than 400 mil­lion iPods since the prod­uct was in­tro­duced in 2001. Whether a new por­ta­ble mu­sic player will emerge from Ap­ple re­mains to be seen.

The iPod shuf­fle and nano haven’t been up­dated by Ap­ple for a few years.

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