Apple kills iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle as music moves to smartphones
The iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle have played their final notes for Apple.
The company discontinued sales of the two music players Thursday in a move reflecting the waning popularity of the devices in an era when most people store or stream their tunes on smartphones.
The iPod product line still remains alive, though. Apple plans to continue selling its internet-connected iPod Touch.
In a show of its commitment to the iPod Touch, Apple doubled the storage capacity of its top-of-line model to 128 gigabytes. That version costs $300. An iPod Touch with 32 gigabytes of storage sells for $200.
The Nano and Shuffle came out in 2005 as less expensive and smaller alternatives to Apple’s standard iPod.
The Cupertino, California, company stopped updating the Nano and Shuffle several years ago.
Apple has long predicted iPods would gradually fade away as more people bought iPhones or other smartphones capable of playing music.
In this June 2015, file photo, from left, an iPod, iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle are displayed at an Apple store in New York. The company discontinued sales of the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle this week, in a move reflecting the waning popularity of the devices in an era when most people store or stream their tunes on smartphones.