While the demise of the iPod nano and shuffle would be considered an end of an era but it should be considered, as like Adobe’s Flash, it was a long time coming. Apple officially announced that they are no longer producing either product which makes it three-years since they ceased production of the iPod classic, which I am still bothered about.
“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 to The Verge.
Currently, the iPod Touch is available in 32GB and 128GB storage with the price of the 128GB option running you about $299. Their previous 16GB and 64GB options are no longer available. At this point, many people are using their smart devices to store their music but Apple’s push for low storage capacity devices forced many people to stream music.
You could possible still find some iPod shuffle and nano in stock at local retailers but they will only be available until inventory runs out.
Back in 2014, when Apple cancelled the 164GB iPod Classic, they had no option for people that had large music libraries, with the largest iPod touch being 64GB. Currently, they have rectified that mistake by offering a 128GB device but most people probably found alternatives later on. With Samsung and other mobile manufacturers using SD support, many people can load their music onto their phone and have it with them at all times.
The nano and shuffle have not received very much in the way of redesigns since 2012 for Bluetooth support. They changed their colors from time to time but that was a sign that they were coming to an end. However, with mobile devices and expanded storage, as well as streaming music options, there is becoming a lesser need for physical content.