Apple discontinues older iPod models Shuffle, Nano

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Following the impending death of Adobe Flash and the downgrading of MS Paint, Apple has "officially discontinued" the iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano. Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the time that the classic was discontinued because the company was unable to source the necessary parts.

So why keep the iPod Touch around at all?

The company will now offer only the 32 GB and 128 GB models of the iPod touch at reduced prices - $199 and $299 respectively. It is now the only remaining model in the range, although the 16GB and 64GB versions of it have also been discontinued. Perhaps Apple should think about renaming it the iPad Touch. It even named the music app "iPod" on early iPhone models. Both variants of the iPod were originally released in 2005 and in total, the iPod nano has gone through 7 generations and four generations of the iPod shuffle. Sales of music players in general have slumped as smartphones have taken hold and streaming over cellular networks has become ever more popular. Analysts told CNBC that Apple has sold about 1 million iPods per quarter this year.

The iPod and its MP3 format transformed the music industry, introducing many to the world of portable digital audio.

The past months were mainly monitoring the fate of the iPads and the MacBook, meaning the decision to ax the music players hardly comes as a surprise.

BI presumes that one of the reasons Apple made a decision to kill off these classic music players is because neither works with AirPods or support Apple Music. Feel free to leave your condolences for the devices in the comments.

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