Good­bye to the iPod nano and shuf­fle

Ap­ple prunes the last two branches of the non-iOS-pow­ered iPod fam­ily tree

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - BY Parker Wil­helm

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?

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