Apple has removed both the iPod nano and iPod shuffle from its website and its Apple Store app. While the company is still selling the iOS-powered iPod touch, the smaller, less expensive media players are nowhere to be found.
Apple hasn't offered a reason for the removal of either iPod at the time of this writing, though it would not be surprising if they stopped selling them altogether. Sales of dedicated music players, including iPods, have been declining for several years. Both the iPod nano and iPod shuffle were last refreshed in July 2015.
If you're looking to find an iPod nano or shuffle online, you can still do so at the following retailers:
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Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.
Is this to simplify portfolio and to spur watch sales?
I think that it's a combination of things, including the two you mentioned. Smartphones have exerted a devastating effect on sales of dedicated personal music players just as they did on pocket calculators. And while the Nano and Shuffle were darlings of the gym rats, the Apple Watch is probably taking away many of those sales due to the lack of fitness tracking in the Nano and Shuffle. Nothing against the Nano or Shuffle and I'm sorry for people who are disappointed that they are no longer being sold. I hope that they find devices that make them happy.
It's sad the family of the device that reinvigorated the struggling company has dwindled to a single quasi dead. I've been wanting a higher capacity nano for ages! Or even a slimmed down, flash based classic. Forget power anemic watches and pocket bulging phones for audio. The 7th gen nano was made because so many rejected the 6th gen proto-watch. There are times when I listen to favorite vids instead of watching them. I still use, but haven't transferred anything to my nano in ages. I mostly carry it in my pocket to tell time. SAnsa clip players have been my main devices for 2 years. So of the course the latest model was boosted to 16gb on board with no sd for additional storage :/ A 64 or 128 gb Sony walkman was a natural consideration, but I don't love my tunes and books enough to pay $400 or $700 for their "high resolution audio" devices. A cheap mini android phone also. My posh micro sucks, but the Jelly phone looks good. My old touch is also fine for my usage. I'd consider a new one if it supported 53's pencil, but it would be for the stylus based pda experience instead of just entertainment. The next and final Apple product I'll probably buy is an ipad mini 4 or maybe a 9.7" ipad pro if the clearance prices are right.
Thanks for the links! Now that they are gone, I thought about the idea of getting one but wow the green one seems tricky to find.
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