Apple confirms iPod nano and iPod shuffle have been discontinued

The last of the traditional iPods that lacked internet connectivity are gone. Apple has quietly taken down the websites for both the iPod nano and iPod shuffle today. As of now, searching for the products still results in “learn more” and “buy” links, but they lead to URLs that are no longer available. An Apple spokesperson confirmed to The Verge that both products have met their end and are now officially discontinued. Apple has long maintained that the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch would ultimately cannibalize its traditional music player hardware. The iconic iPod classic was discontinued in 2014.

"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,” the spokesperson said by email. The iPod touch now comes in 32GB and 128GB storage options, with the latter priced at $299. The previous 16GB and 64GB capacities are no longer available.

You should still be able to find some remaining iPod shuffle and nano units from Best Buy and other authorized retailers until stock runs out.

The iPod nano hasn’t been significantly updated since 2012, when the company redesigned it with Bluetooth support for wireless headphones and speakers. Apple released a new batch of colors for that seventh-generation model in 2015. The clip-on iPod shuffle last saw a redesign with the fourth-gen model in 2010, which made a quick return to physical controls after the poorly received third-generation model of 2009. Since then, Apple has updated the color options from time to time — just like the nano.

Links for both the iPod nano and shuffle no longer work.

Here’s Apple’s own history of its iPod models.

Personally, I think my favorite iPod nano always stayed the second-generation model, though the fourth-gen was pretty nice too.

The fat and short third-generation iPod nano definitely remains one of the most oddball iPods that Apple ever released. That aside, I don’t really know anyone who has purchased a nano in recent years — except Adam Savage for his San Diego Comic Con costume.

Photo by Andrew Liptak / The Verge

But right up until the end, the shuffle remained a fairly decent, stress-free option for active people; it was hard to beat a tiny $50 music player that you could lose or break without the same gut-wrenching guilt that comes with cracking your phone’s screen.

Goodbye, iPods nano and shuffle.

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I was more upset when they discontinued the iPod Classic. Even though it was time, they were incredible devices.

I actually tried getting one for sentimental reasons and those things were heavily marked up on ebay!

I believe Apple realized it was more expensive to produce (with the lower demand) than it was worth

I have one and it kind of doesn’t work anymore. Skips tracks, messier than ever to update through iTunes, etc. Ended up subscribing to Spotify and letting it go (in a closet). Still, I miss it.

They still ARE incredible devices. Get yourself a gently-used iPod Classic, replace the battery with a new one, and upgrade the hard drive to an SSD.

The old iPod Classic is basically the electronic tinkerer’s dream toy.

I understand why they did it. My question now is, for my mom, what is a good music only device to take to the gym (no she’s not strapping her S8 to her arm in some case). Is there anything anymore?

Apple Watch? Not "music only" but what is these days?

Pull the "digital crown" and there’s a headphone jack?!

Well, if you’re courageous enough you’ll just pair it with some wireless headphones.

Sansa Clip

The North remembers.

Does discontinuity preclude the purchase of something that will exist and be sold and resold for years? And it’s not like a nano is now a vector for phishing someone who only wants to store favorite albums or shuffle playlists. I can understand why sales have dwindled for the last gen or two, nano-wise, however. Price per gig has been absurd, and it’s an aesthetic lemon in the iPod pantheon. The design of the most current form has and always will scream abject laziness. The original minis and nanos at least had some thought put into how they would appear in public.

Sony and Fiio have great, modern players. None of them dependent on iTunes

Sandisk Clip+ or Clip Jam? They are almost iPod shuffle size, comes with a clip, a small screen, microsd slot, and it works like a flash drive, i.e. just drag and drop your music. Plus, Sandisk has always been rated as having favorable sound quality.

If she uses Spotify have her check out Mighty.

I can highly recommend one of the sandisk sansa clip devices. I have been using them for years. Basically like the shuffle, only cleaper and you get a screen and FM radio.

I have considered a Nano for a long time…want something small and easy for music.

Just last week I decided on the tiny forthcoming Android 7.0 Jelly Phone and ordered via Indiegogo.com. I’ll get any music service I want, including my library uploaded to Google and Spotify. It’s an iPod for 2017.

What model did you get?

Jelly Pro.

How is the battery life and audio quality?

Not sure yet—I won’t get the device for probably a month.

For something small and easy for music a Sansa Clip is pretty great.

Unfortunate, but I think the watch will be pushed as the replacement for these. Still use a nano/zune for listening to the radio broadcast of college games I’m attending.

4th gen nano all the way. Probably my favorite piece of tech I’ve ever owned. Well that, and the Nokia 5310… And iPhone 5… And Lumia 710… and first gen Nano… Okay, I guess I can’t choose.

I was working for Apple when the first metal iPod shuffle was released. Everyone was given one. It took me exactly 30 hours to lose it.

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