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Classic's platter-based hard drive and Shuffle's lack of a screen are just two possible reasons for discontinuing the products

Apple's iPod has been around just over a decade now, with the current lineup consisting of the iPod Shuffle, iPod nano, iPod Classic and iPod touch. But according to TUAW, two of the aforementioned portable media players are getting the old heave-ho this year. 

If you've been thinking about picking up an iPod Nano or iPod Classic anytime soon, the time is now -- both media players are seeing their last days as sale items at Apple. 

According to TUAW, there are plenty of reasons for Apple to make this move. For starters, Apple announced earlier this year that 
iPod sales were falling short of expectations. The iPod Classic hasn't changed much over the years and doesn't offer anything that the iPod touch doesn't offer. Also, it uses a platter-based hard drive, and Apple is mainly switching to flash-based memory. 

As for the iPod Shuffle, its lack of a screen has been an issue since day one. 

With the Classic and the Shuffle out of the picture, Apple will only have touchscreen iPods available with the 
iPod nano becoming its new low-end media player. 

Apple has not confirmed this discontinuation, but TUAW received the word from an anonymous source.

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It's A Start
By lightfoot on 9/28/2011 12:27:21 PM , Rating: 4
Now if Apple would just discontinue the iPod Nano, iPod Touch, iPad, and iTunes we wouldn't have to deal with their monopolistic anticompetitive behaviors anymore.

RE: It's A Start
By quiksilvr on 9/28/2011 1:59:34 PM , Rating: 2

Sensible route I hope they take:

8GB Nano: $99
16GB Nano: $149

16GB Touch: $199
32GB Touch: $249
64GB Touch: $299

What's going to happen:
Same asinine prices we see on the site.

RE: It's A Start
By Reclaimer77 on 9/28/2011 2:39:46 PM , Rating: 2
You don't have to deal with them now. Zunepass kicks the ass of that whore iTunes. As far as the Zune itself, it stacks up to anything Apple can throw at it. Don't believe the faux superiority of Apple, only their marketing is better.

RE: It's A Start
By sprockkets on 9/28/2011 3:10:02 PM , Rating: 2
Well since Steve Jobs is gone from apple there will be no more next big things. Consider our wish come true.

Soon apple will be back to where they were in 1996.

RE: It's A Start
By web2dot0 on 9/28/2011 3:26:03 PM , Rating: 2
You seem to like to see Apple fail. I find it kinda odd since we need competition.
You want apple to continue to push the envelope so its competitors will work twice as hard to keep up.

We need one dominate player with the rest of the field being legitimate challengers. That's where the most innovations come. Remember the Golden Era of the US back in the 50-70s?

With no clear dominate player, there'll be market fragmentation and non-standardize technologies, which is also bad for consumers.

We want a system where everybody wins at the end. That's how capitalism works.

RE: It's A Start
By Reclaimer77 on 9/28/2011 3:28:59 PM , Rating: 2
Apple is true to sue their competition off the planet. Hello?

RE: It's A Start
By Reclaimer77 on 9/28/2011 3:35:43 PM , Rating: 2
edit true=TRYING. argh

RE: It's A Start
By TakinYourPoints on 9/28/2011 4:23:25 PM , Rating: 1
On the other hand, who else would their competition copy if they didn't exist?

RE: It's A Start
By V-Money on 9/29/2011 12:44:45 AM , Rating: 2
True, imagine if apple didn't pave the way for tablets by creating the rectangular minimalistic design. I will give Steve props for the iPod though, he was the first to say "lets make a device that plays music that is actually easy to use and works well for what its designed for"...of course then he ruined it with iTunes and that stupid wheel (I hate that wheel). Without it though, the Zune's (all types) that I have owned and loved over the years would probably never have been made. With jobs gone though, I am curious to see how fast Apple will fail.

RE: It's A Start
By Pirks on 9/29/2011 12:17:38 PM , Rating: 2
On the other hand, who else would their competition copy if they didn't exist?
Yeah, indeed, Asus copied Apple when they introduced their first netbook, EEE PC. Right?

Or maybe you should stop smoking crack?

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