An Era of Apple Has Died

Last Thursday, Apple closed the chapter on a piece of its history. Apple removed the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle from its website and stores around the world, and has confirmed that the portable music players have been officially discontinued. Here is everything you need to know.

Apple has made a statement on the removal of the iPod Nano and Shuffle:

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.
— Apple Spokesperson

It looks as if the two devices will be available for purchase in Apple stores, until they no longer have any in stock. The Nano and Shuffle cannot be found on Apple’s website, so if you are looking to buy one I would recommend going to your closest Apple store (very quickly) or start looking on Ebay. Apple did update the pricing on the iPod Touch, including a 32GB model for $199 and a 128GB model for $299. The 16GB and 64GB models have been discontinued, but Apple continues to sell the same color options. Don’t think that that is a great deal, however, as it was all the way back in July of 2015 when Apple last updated the iPod Touch.

iPod Shuffle Line-UP

iPod Shuffle Line-UP

iPod Nano Line-Up

iPod Nano Line-Up

Apple introduced the iPod Shuffle all the way back in January of 2005, and the iPod Nano in September of the same year. There were seven generations of the iPod Nano, with the latest being in October of 2012. The iPod Shuffle only had four generations, with the most recent being updated in September of 2010.

The iPod was first introduced by the late Steve Jobs back in 2001, but with the launch of the iPhone, the iPod quickly became a very niche product. The iPhone’s ease of use, capability to do more than just play music attracted many users. iPod sales quickly went downhill and by the end of 2014 Apple began listing the iPod under “Other Products” in earnings reports.

The writing has been on the wall for some time. The iPod line-up is not completely dead, yet. I would expect the iPod Touch to only be around another year or two, before Apple kills of the iPod line-up entirely. It is still sad to see, however, as the iPod started Apple on its path to become one of the largest technology companies in the world, and it will forever be a part of their history.