Apple Discontinues iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano

    It's the end of an era as Apple axes the MP3 players

    Apple continues to streamline its iPod line today by axing the iPod nano and iPod shuffle. The move by the company leaves the iPod touch as the lone progeny of the revolutionary iPod classic.

    In a statement, Apple said, “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.”

    The original iPod had a run that covered 13 years, first appearing in 2001 before being shelved for good in 2014. The first iPod may have looked and felt similarly to a deck of cards, but when it was introduced, having 1000 songs at your fingertips was a profound invention that spawned many Apple offshoots.

    The screen-less shuffle hit stores in 2005, while the nano was released later in the year. The nano went through several iterations and design changes, including a stouter, wider version that played video.

    The popularity of the iPod Touch, essentially an iPhone unable to make or receive calls, has made the shuffle and nano ostensibly obsolete. Apple has doubled down on the storage capacity of the touch, announcing today that it has updated the device’s storage, discontinuing the 16GB and 64GB models and lowering the price of the 32GB and 128GB options to $199 and $299, respectively.

    For the now deceased MP3 players, the writing has been on the wall for a while now. For the several years, Apple has pushed the iPhone as the end all be all of music storage devices. The iPhone, along with streaming service Apple Music, have made the concept of actually owning music a more and more archaic idea.

    According to Techcrunch, another reason the shuffle and nano have been phased out is the fact that tech developers have, with new technologies, rendered one of those devices’ original intentions outmoded:

    “Both it and the nano the were also targeted at fitness buffs, due to their compact size and the absence of the spinning hard drive found in the classic, making them less prone to skipping on the treadmill.”

    Nothing is really lost forever on the Internet, however. If people really want to find the shuffle and nano, online marketplaces will be stocked.