Apple Inc. discontinued sales of the two music players yesterday in a move reflecting the waning popularity of the devices in an era when most people store or stream their tunes on smartphones.
The iPod line still remains alive and well, though. Apple plans to continue selling its internet-connected iPod Touch.
In a show of its commitment to the Touch, Apple doubled the storage capacity of its top-of-line model to 128 gigabytes. That version costs US$300. An iPod Touch with 32 gigabytes of storage sells for $200.
The Nano and Shuffle came out in 2005 as less expensive and smaller alternatives to Apple’s standard iPod. The Cupertino, California, company stopped updating the Nano and Shuffle several years ago.
Here is Steve Jobs introducing the iPod shuffle.