Apple ditches the iPod shuffle and iPod nano for good
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.