Yesterday, Apple announced that it is phasing out the iPod nano and shuffle. Additionally, it also updated the storage options for the iPod Touch and now offers it in only 32GB and 128GB variants.
Apple had first launched the iPod Nano and Shuffle in 2012 and the products have remained the same since then. With the iPhone and Apple Watch capable of playing music themselves, buying a standalone music player in 2017 does make little sense. In fact, Apple was among the last few major OEMs in the market that still sold a standalone music player.
There was also not much demand for the iPods which was evident from their slow update cycle. After all, Apple rarely has such a long update cycle for its products that are popular among consumers. Even the iPod touch is unlikely to stay around for long as consumers seem to have lost interest in it.
While some companies do sell premium standalone music players, they cater to a niche audience and are not meant for general consumers.
This brings us to the topic of today’s poll. Do you think Apple’s decision to not sell the iPod nano and Shuffle anymore is a good one? Do you still actively use your iPod? If yes, why do you prefer it over your iPhone or Apple Watch? Drop a comment and let us know!