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Apple officially confirmed what some are calling the ‘end of an era’. The apple brand announced its decision to discontinue two versions of one its first most successful products, the iPod. Starting July 2017, the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle will no longer receive updates, and official “Learn More” or “Buy” links will lead to unavailable URLs.
iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle Have Reached the End of Their Line
The iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle were the last two Apple iPod versions which lacked connectivity and were still officially available for sale. The first ever iPod, the iconic iPod Classic, was discontinued back in 2014.
According to media reports, Apple has quite quietly taken down the websites for both these iPod versions. Searching for them will return results and offer official information on them. However, clicking on the company’s Learn More or even on the Buy will lead to pages whose URLs are no longer available.
An Apple spokesperson has confirmed, in the meantime, that the products have met their end. Some point out that, for quite some time, Apple maintained that the iPod Touch, iPhone, and even iPad would eventually come to replace them.
“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,” the spokesperson is reported as having said in the statement.
iPod Nano’s and Shuffle’s ending also coincided with an update to the iPod Touch. This will now come with new storage options, with a 32GB version and another 128GB one. The 128GB iPod Touch will cost $299.
However, the iPod Touch will also see a discontinue themselves as its 16GB, and 64GB versions will no longer be available either.
Interested users will likely still be able to buy iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, and the now defunct iPod Touch versions at authorized sellers and online in the limit of the available stocks.
Neither the iPod Shuffle nor the Nano versions saw any significant updates over the past years, possibly just new color options.
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