The iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano Are Dead

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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.

And with that one line they are gone. Then again, I c an’t think of the last time I even thought about standalone iPods.

2 thoughts on “The iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano Are Dead

  1. Trying to think of who would miss these most. Maybe runners? I guess people can deal with special holsters?

    Or I guess people who wanted music without worry of audio interruption from a notification etc.

    Since the iPod Touch really feels like “iPhone minus cellular”, this really is the end of the iPod era, I’d say, even more than when they took the high capacity original units out of production.

    Which unit do people think was best? I’m still fond of the 2nd Gen iPod Nano – nice metal case, lovely thin form factor, cool color screen, great battery life, and that terrific click wheel.

  2. Gruber makes a point at https://daringfireball.net/linked/2017/07/28/ipod-rip — “The hardware form factor isn’t what did these in — it’s the antiquated notion of having to sync audio files to them via a cable connected to a Mac or PC. If the content on your audio player isn’t coming to it over the air, mostly likely streaming, it isn’t relevant.”

    Heh, as a guy who strongly prefers buying individual music files to paying rent for streaming for music – and who also strongly prefers syncing via a cable (Apple will charge me to synch more than 5Gb over the air, right? Feh, I pay enough rents for various services) I guess I won’t see it – for me it’s just the “second device” factor that stops iPod from making sense.

    That said, Gruber’s comment covers both music and podcasts. Podcasts sometimes remind me on that 80s-home-computer DIY vibe, where unknowns can find an audience and make some money. (Though I guess it’s Youtube folk who actually make UK-80s-home-market dosh)

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