Apple pulls plug on iPods you didn’t even know it still sold

Fans of taking thousands of tunes in tiny vessels are in for some bad news, as Apple is discontinuing the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle and removing them from their brick-and-mortar and digital stores.

While the two pocket-sized members of the long-running iPod family will be no more, its last remaining representative — the iPod Touch — will live on in a 64GB model for $ 199 (about  £150/AU$ 250) and 128GB model for $ 299 (about  £230/AU$ 375), offering extra storage over previous 16GB and 64GB versions for the same price.

"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," Apple said in a statement to Bloomberg.

Shuffled away

A staple for joggers, partygoers, schoolkids and everywhere in between, the iPod Nano took over the classic iPod's role as a high-capacity song machine that fit your pocket, while the bite-sized Nano's flash memory and clip-on attachment made it a hit with the gym crowd.

However, as Apple focused more on its app-driven iOS infrastructure and pushing services like Apple Music, devices like the Nano and Shuffle — which were already long overdue for an update — became lower priorities for the tech giant.

Now the iPod Touch, essentially an iPhone without cellular capabilities, is the new standard for those just wanting to tote around their favorite tunes. 

Should those folks still want to avoid the hustle and bustle of apps and Wi-Fi connectivity, they will just have to look into a new MP3 player or take extra-good care of their legacy Shuffle or Nano — it's now a collector's item.

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