End of an Era: Apple Kills Off iPod Nano and Shuffle

Apple has killed off the last remaining app-free music players in its roster, the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle, leaving nothing but multi-use, connected devices in the brave new world of streaming, apps and games.

From the moment the iPhone was launched in 2007 the writing has been on the wall for Apple's iPod line, and by extension, every other dedicated music player out there. For Apple, in the era of streaming music and smartphone ubiquity, now is the time to put its legacy players to bed, with the wifi-enabled iPod Touch the last remaining member of a once dominant gadget line.

The iPhone and other modern smartphones were capable of playing music, not quite as well as dedicated hardware, but good enough and while doing so many other things at the same time.

The Nano and Shuffle came out in 2005, two years before the introduction of the iPhone, as less expensive and smaller alternatives to Apple's standard iPod, which was launched by Steve Jobs in 2001 with space for ?EU?1,000 songs in your pocket?EU?.

The Nano replaced the popular iPod mini, introducing the company's first flash-based iPods, which until 2005 had used small 1.8in hard drives like smaller versions of those available in computers at the time. Music was loaded onto them via iTunes, either from the store or ripped from CDs, but they were unable to access content without a computer.

Apple stopped updating the Nano and Shuffle in 2012 and 2010 respectively, and killed the direct descendent of the original 2001 iPod, the iPod Classic, in 2014 at the same time as launching the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch.

Smartphone Dominance

The iPod Nano [pictured, right] and iPod Shuffle [pictured, left] are just the latest in a long line of single-use devices killed off by the multitalented smartphone. The iPhone launched...

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