Goodbye to the iPod nano and shuffle
Apple prunes the last two branches of the non-iOS-powered iPod family tree
It’s the end of an era.
Fans of listening to tunes in tiny vessels and retro-tech lovers alike are in for some bad news, as Apple has discontinued the iPod nano and iPod shuffle and has removed the devices from its retail and online stores.
“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 said in a statement to Bloomberg. As the statement notes, the two pocket-sized members of the long-running iPod family are no more, but the last remaining representative, the iPod touch, lives on in a 32GB model for $199 and a 128GB model for $299. Though these offer extra storage space over the previous versions, they do so at the same prices.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about this is that it comes almost three years after the discontinuation of the iPod classic, which was only surpassed in capacity by an iOS device last year, that being the iPhone 7. Now, the universally recognized iPod name lives on solely with the iPod touch.
A staple for joggers, partygoers, schoolkids, and everyone in between, the iPod nano took over the iPod classic’s role as a high-capacity music player that fit in your pocket. Meanwhile, the bite-sized iPod shuffle’s clip-on design made it a hit with the gym crowd.
As Apple has focused more on its app-driven iOS infrastructure and pushing services such as Apple Music, devices like the iPod nano and iPod shuffle – which were already long overdue for an update – became lower priorities for the company.
In effect, the iPod touch – essentially an iPhone without cellular capabilities – is the new standard for anyone just wanting to tote around their favorite tunes. Should you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of apps and Wi-Fi connectivity, you’ll have to look into a different brand of player or take extra-good care of your legacy shuffle or nano – after all, it’s a collector’s item now. Time to head to eBay?