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.