The Apple iPod nano and iPod shuffle music players have gone the way of the beloved iPod classic, shuffling off this mortal coil forever.
Cupertino has discontinued the baby-sized music players, purging both of them from the line-up.
From today, the iPod touch stands alone.
It’s not all bad news, though. Apple is doubling the available storage on both touch models, without updating the price.
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The low end touch now has 32GB of storage. The the top model now has 128GB for all of your apps, videos and digital music files.
“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,” an Apple spokesperson said (via TechCrunch).
It’s no surprise to see the shuffle and nano disappear. Neither have been updated in years.
Given Apple is moving away from digital downloads to focus on Apple Music streaming, these models have little use but to store legacy files.
It’s also unlikely we’ll see the outcry of support and surge in the secondary market. Following the death of the iPod classic, the high-storage models were going for way above market value.
However, these players are supremely handy for the gym and general working out. And how are we going to get all of those old bootlegs and B-sides from our music players to our phones?
Might it have been an idea for Apple to introduce a Wi-Fi-enabled option with syncing of Apple Music offline playlists? A happy medium perhaps?