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.