Is the iPod Finally Dead? Apple Discontinues the iPod Nano and Shuffle

Could this be the end of iPods?

Is the iPod Finally Dead? Apple Discontinues the iPod Nano and Shuffle July 28, 2017Leave a comment

If you know anything about the way Apple operates, you already know that they’re the kings of selling people highly priced products. In order to get the most out of your Apple products, most of the time you’ll find yourself buying additional products (like wireless ear phones that are not only pointless, but incredibly easy to lose). Speaking of wireless ear phones, did you know that Apple has a product that allows you to attach a cord to your wireless pair of expensive baby-speakers? Yeah, I know, it sounds crazy – why wouldn’t you just buy a regular pair of ear phones at that point? I guess the world is just a strange place, and some people prefer to watch it burn. Although Apple has had a lot of problems in the past with over-pricing products and putting stuff out that seems pointless, this could be a step in the right direction. When was the last time you saw somebody sporting an iPod Nano? What about an iPod Shuffle? If you answered anything other than “a few years ago”, you’re probably lying.

In the mid 2000’s, I was but a pre-teen. I was fantasizing about what life would be like as an adult (it sucks, by the way) and worrying about perfecting my mix CD’s. That is, until iPods started to come out. They were these cute little rectangles that allowed you to bring music with you, wherever you went. Thinking back on it is kind of crazy, because I remember how long it would take to simply put songs on the thing; these days, you can put hundreds upon hundreds on songs onto your phone in a matter of minutes (or just stream them with a paid service). If you had a small place in your heart specifically for iPon Nano’s, I am sorry to have broken the bad news to you – but the iPod Touch is still getting updated. When the iPhone became the most popular smart phone that people used, there wasn’t really a use for the iPod Touch; but not everyone wants to have an Apple phone. The worst part about all of this is that the iPod Nano and Shuffle were the most affordable iPod options out. The Shuffle only started at $49, while the nano started at $149 – is this just a push to make sure the most expensive products are the ones being sold?

On the Apple website, you’ll find no mention of these products anymore. Plenty of people have reached out towards Apple in the hopes of gaining an explanation of some sort, but we’re still waiitng to hear back. The iPod branch of Apple hasn’t been the most popular one as of recent, but maybe this move is going to change that; could they be developing a brand new type of iPod? Personally, if it isn’t an MP3 player that is hologram-based, you can go ahead and keep that in the development chamber.

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