Apple has Discontinued the iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano
The end of the iPod era is upon us. Apple recently discontinued the iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano, and removed the product pages from their website. This now makes the iPod Touch the last living member of the iPod family.
With the world shifting from CDs to MP3s consumers needed a new way to store their music. Apple seized the opportunity and created a product that quickly became a household name. Since then, iPods were the premiere MP3 players and dominated the market. Due to the success of the classic model, many different variants emerged and then were eventually replaced. This month, we went from having three choices down to just one.
The iPod Nano was released in September 2005, and has seen many upgrades since its release. It was originally just a smaller version of the iPod Classic, but over the years it became an entirely different product. The 6th generation model was just a small touchscreen square with very few buttons, and was intended to be used while working out. Generation 7, the most recent model, was essentially an iPod Touch without all the bells and whistles.
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On the other hand, the iPod Shuffle (also released in 2005) was a minimalistic product designed for music and nothing else. Throughout all the generations, the iPod Shuffle never had a screen. They were all very small devices with nothing but playback control buttons and a power/hold switch.
Both devices offered users a simple way to listen to their music library. With the rise of the iPhone and streaming music services, the iPods were becoming more and more obsolete. With services like Spotify and Apple Music charging only $10 a month, and an average MP3 download costing around $1 (or $10 for a whole album) it is a no-brainer to switch to the unlimited service and get any song you want, anytime, for the price of an album. MP3s have become the new CDs and iPods the new CD players. It has become useless to collect them and to own the devices to play them on.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise for anyone. Now we can get all of the music that we want, right on our phones alongside the other 50 apps we need to function like normal human beings. At least Apple is dominating the cell phone market so losing these two products shouldn’t hurt the California giants.
What was the last MP3 you actually bought? Mine was Adventure Club’s Calling All Heroes EP back in 2013.
H/T: The Verge