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Apple Has Discontinued the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle

Apple Has Discontinued the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle

By Simon Hung

The iPod Nano -- once the most popular music player in the world -- is officially a remnant of the past, as the pages for it and the iPod Shuffle are no longer accessible, indicating that they have both been discontinued.

Apple’s Music page no longer lists the products and links to the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle product pages are now inactive. The iPod Touch remains available as the last surviving iPod, with a new lower price of $249.00 for 32GB (formerly $299.00) and $369.00 for 128GB (formerly $499.00).

The news is not completely surprising, as the iPod line and standalone music players in general have decreased in popularity with the rise of smartphones. Plus, the iPod Nano and Shuffle were the only two products in Apple’s hardware lineup that did not include internet connectivity, meaning they were not compatible with Apple Music. Apple had also quietly discontinued the iPod Classic back in 2014 due to difficulty sourcing its parts.

Two of Apple’s most iconic products over the past decade, the iPod Nano was introduced in September 2005 while the iPod Shuffle made its debut in January 2005 -- their last design overhauls came in 2012 and 2010, respectively. The news marks an end of an impressive era during Apple’s return to prominence in the early 2000s, as the iPod was extremely popular during its heyday and became a cultural status symbol.

Both discontinued products are still available to purchase at retailers including Best Buy and Walmart, but they’ll likely only be available while supplies last and it won’t be surprising if both fetch a small premium on the second-hand market in the future like the iPod Classic.

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