Apple’s iPod line is getting a lot simpler. The company just announced that it is officially discontinuing the venerable iPod nano and iPod shuffle line. And the remaining iPod touch is getting a nice price update.
The first iPod shuffle model hit the market in 2005. The current edition arrived in 2010.
Apple confirmed the news to Macworld:
“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.
The only remaining iPod model – the iPod touch – is also sporting some updated prices. A 32GB model is now available for $199 while a 128GB edition is $299. Those prices are $100 off the previous price points. The 16GB and 64GB model have been discontinued.
Both the nano and shuffle were introduced in 2005 at the height of the iPod craze. The last update to the iPod nano was in 2012 while the last generation of iPod shuffle arrived in 2010.
While it’s not surprising the Apple finally made the move to kill the iPod nano and iPod shuffle, it is the official end of an era as both devices played a big part of Apple’s rise to prominence.