The iPod nano and shuffle are no more

32GB iPod Touch Launched, 16GB And 64GB Discontinued

Apple Discontinues iPod Shuffle and Nano

Both the nano and shuffle were introduced in 2005 at the height of the iPod craze.

Apple's exit from the standalone music player market is therefore unremarkable: disconnected devices relying on desktop apps for music transfer have clearly had their day.

Apple has been on a bit of a tear over the past year, discontinuing a number of products. While its role in the reversal of Apple's sinking fortunes around the turn of the century can't be overstated, Apple has rather quietly been discontinuing iPod lines of late.

The tech company made a similar move with the iPod Classic in 2014, citing an inability to source the necessary parts as the reason behind its loss.

Since then, all that Apple has updated is the colour options from time to time.

Apple today (July 27) doubled the capacities on its iPod Touch lineup, so the $199 music player now offers 32GB of storage while the $299 model tops out at 128GB. Apple knew the iPod's days were limited once it released its first-gen smartphone in 2007.

The unceremoneous deaths come as no surprise, really.

That leaves the iPod Touch, essentially an iPhone without cellular service, as the only remaining model of iPod. But the iPod still outsold the iPhone - in unit shipments, at least - during holiday quarters until 2011.

There are still folks who prefer to have a music player and the Nano and Shuffle were among the cheapest buys to get from the Cupertino company. The legacies of the iPod Nano and Shuffle will live on in our memories.

Apple did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment but told Business Insider it's axing the iPod nano and shuffle and updating its pricing for the iPod touch.

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