Apple forever changed the way the world consumes digital music when it released the first iPod in 2001. Since then, the hardware has evolved into a family of devices, each bringing a unique flavor to the fleet.
But now, 15 years later, Apple has announced that it will be saying goodbye to the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle from its line.
This comes as no surprise, since the models have not been updated in years and only played music. With most users listening to music on smartphones, the need for music-only players is declining. Plus, neither Nano nor Shuffle have Bluetooth capabilities, so they are unable to pair with Apple’s AirPods. And neither device supports video or music streaming services such as Apple Music.
July marked the last month that Apple would be selling these devices and have since been removed from the brand’s website. Introduced back in 2005, the Nano and the Shuffle were the last standing Apple devices that didn’t run on iOS, the iPhone operating system.
Discontinuing the Shuffle and Nano will allow Apple to spend more time developing the iPod Touch, which is now available with double the storage it previously had — 32GB for $199 and 128GB for $299.
The iPod Nano and Shuffle will always hold a place in our hearts as some of the most groundbreaking music players to the early 2000’s. We’d like to know what you think about this change to the iPod line, so let us know in the comments below!