Say Goodbye to 2 of These iPods

Apple discontinues the Nano and Shuffle—but it's upgrading the Touch
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2017 11:24 AM CDT

(Newser) – It's only been three years since fans said goodbye to the iPod Classic, but they'll now have to prep for another period of nostalgia-infused mourning. "Today, we are simplifying our iPod lineup," an Apple spokesperson said in a Thursday statement, per TechCrunch. The company has confirmed it will be discontinuing its iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle MP3 players. That means there's only one Apple device left that we can still call iPod: the Touch. What appears to have doomed the Nano and Shuffle was the shift to iPhones and streaming music, and as both the Shuffle and Nano had limited (if any) apps capability, they fell behind the curve—and Apple didn't bother bringing them up to speed.

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To celebrate the last player standing, Apple is boosting the iPod Touch's capacity, upping the 16GB version that sells for $199 to 32GB, and the $299 64GB model to 128GB; the 16GB and 64GB models will no longer be for sale, Ars Technica reports. Already feeling a pang of wistfulness? The Verge notes you may still be able to find Nano and Shuffle models at big-box stores and other retailers until their inventory runs out. Plus: There's always eBay. (Remember when the Nano was a big deal?)

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