RIP iPod Nano And iPod Shuffle

It's been a tough week for lovers of retro technology. Following the impending death of Adobe Flash and the downgrading of MS Paint, Apple has "officially discontinued" the iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano. If you're an Apple fan who just wants an MP3 player, the only option left is the iPod Touch.

Yesterday, Apple quietly pulled all iPod Nanos and Shuffles from sale on its website. It has since confirmed to The Verge that neither product will be coming back:

Today, we are simplifying our iPod lineup with two models of iPod touch... and we are discontinuing the iPod shuffle and iPod nano.

Both models launched all the way back in 2005, a good two years before the Apple iPhone. Even though the world has largely moved on from MP3 players, we're still kind of sad to see the Nano and Shuffle go. Before too long, the entire category will have gone the same way as portable CD players and Walkmans.

On the plus side, the iPod Touch now comes with double the capacity for those who refuse to move on from the past.

[Via Gizmodo]


Comments

    Well that sucks, I was still holding out hope they'd release a nano with a much higher capacity.

    I owed a touch and didn't like it. Ease of use wasn't as good. I can't see the reason to own one now as I have a phone with a 128 gb memory card in it. I just liked the small form factor. Good work working out and other situations you didn't want a phone on you. I could run with my nano in my pocket, not with my phone.

    Also, ipods are literally the only apple product I have ever owned. I can't be alone in that.

    Yeah current ipod, but it's actually getting to the end of it's life. Headphone connector starting to get janky.

    If any of the Giz/LH mods read this. Can you do an article of using itunes on your android. Also one on any decent alternatives to the ipod nano/shuffle?

    Whenever I have tried to find alternatives, everythings kind of bigger and no better for storage.

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