Apple confirms death of the iPod Nano and Shuffle

Alex Kidman 28 July 2017

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The iPod Touch has to be glancing nervously over its shoulder right now.

While Apple enjoys considerable success with its yearly updates to its very popular iPhone lines, with Australians flocking to buy iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets last year and awaiting the arrival of the long-rumoured iPhone 8 this year, that's a product line built on the single product that essentially rescued Apple from the brink of oblivion, and that's the iPod.

Or it might be more accurate to say, that was the iPod. 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.

It's been three years since you could buy an iPod based around a mechanical hard drive, and it's emerged today that Apple has also officially discontinued the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle lines, according to a report from The Verge.

That leaves the iPod Touch as the last man standing, or in its case singing, in iPod terms.

Apple now offers the iPod Touch in 32GB and 128GB capacities for $299 and $449 respectively, but there's no direct link to even know they exist any more from the home page of Apple's Australian web site, which doesn't suggest that the company sees much of a future in the iPod line.

You can't even buy a iPod that isn't an iPod Touch from Apple's own internal refurbished devices store at the time of writing.

If you're still rocking out to any of the generations of the iPod Shuffle or Nano, cling it a little tighter, and perhaps start scouring eBay for replacement models if you're still a fan. You're not likely to see them in any Apple stores any time soon.

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