Apple has officially discontinued the iPod nano and iPod shuffle, two of the oldest music players in the Apple inventory. The music players were pulled down from the Apple website without any notice. Currently, it is only the iPod touch that continues to be a part of the Apple music player lineup. The move comes after Apple shelved the iPod classic in 2014. The sales of the music players have been dipping as more users switch to smartphones as the one go-to gadget for all needs. Both the players are considered to be iconic gadgets with the sad demise marking the end of an era for music players.
The removal from the Apple website was spotted by a few publications late last night. On reaching out to Apple, the company issued a statement — “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, TechCrunch reports. The music players were launched back in 2005, and the journey spanning over a decade has seen major changes in both the devices. The iPod shuffle went from being a simple player with physical controls to a touchscreen player with a tiny display. However, despite the changes, the players continued to be icons, and loved by music aficionados. ALSO READ: Apple’s Jony Ive reveals details about Apple Park; employees to move later this year: Report
Despite being pulled down from the Apple website and the Apple Store, both the iPod shuffle and iPod nano continue to be listed with Apple resellers as well as e-commerce portals. The devices are both available on Indian e-commerce portals, and the prices have not been affected as of yet. The smaller iPod shuffle is priced at the around Rs 4,000 mark in India, whereas the larger iPod nano comes for Rs 13,900. However, the stocks of the devices are quickly depleting with many e-commerce portals showing out-of-stock for certain variants. ALSO READ: Foxconn begins trial productions of three Apple iPhones; iPhone 8 not delayed
Music lovers have taken to social media platforms like Twitter to comment on the discontinuation of the iPod nano and the iPod shuffle. Some are even mocking the iPod touch, which continues to be available. The prices of the devices are soon expected to soar on e-commerce platforms, a trend which was seen after the demise of the iPod classic in 2014. Apple is slowly ending its music players, and shifting its focus to modern gadgets and wearables. While the iPod touch continues to live on, many speculate that the device’s end is not too far off. ALSO READ: Neonode Airbar first impressions: This clever accessory adds touchscreen functionality to any non-touch laptop
Along with killing off the smaller iPod models, Apple has also made significant changes to the larger iPod touch. The capacities for the touch are now doubled and the player comes in 32GB and 128GB internal storage variants. However, on the Indian Apple website, only the smaller 32GB variant is listed as of now. There is no clarity on whether the larger 128GB variant will be available in the country. The iPod touch was launched in 2008 and now, comes with all the features of an iPhone — except the ability to make calls. The 32GB variant is priced at $199 (approximately Rs 12,800), and the larger is listed for $299 (approximately Rs 19,200).