iPod nano, shuffle Discontinued as Apple Looks to Simplify Lineup

iPod nano, shuffle Discontinued as Apple Looks to Simplify Lineup

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The two products have been removed from Apple’s online store
  • The shuffle hit the market in 2005 with faster flash storage
  • Apple updated the storage capacities for the iPod touch

After years of being outsold by the iPhone, the venerable iPod has taken a big step toward eventual oblivion. Apple said Thursday it was discontinuing two of the cheapest iPod models: the nano and shuffle.

The two products have been removed from the Apple online store and will vanish from retail locations as well. Apple demoted the iPod’s placement in its retail stores a couple of years ago, moving the devices to the company’s accessory shelves. The $149 nano and $49 shuffle were last updated with new colors in 2015, but the nano hasn’t been revamped since 2012 while the shuffle hasn’t been redesigned since 2010.

“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,” Apple said in a statement.

The original iPod arrived in 2001. It wasn’t the first digital music player but it upended the music industry and put 1,000 songs in your pocket. The shuffle hit the market in 2005 as the first iPod with faster flash storage and without a screen, while the nano was introduced later in the year as a replacement for the then-popular iPod mini. Both went through several redesigns in their early years before being supplanted by iPhone.

The iPod touch, the company’s highest selling iPod and once referred to by Steve Jobs as an iPhone without the phone, remains on sale. The company updated the device’s storage capacities on Thursday, discontinuing the 16GB and 64GB models and lowering the price of the 32GB and 128GB options to $199 and $299, respectively.

Apple discontinued the iPod classic in 2014, a large iPod with a “click wheel” that looked most like the original model. Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said at the time that the classic was discontinued because the company was unable to source the necessary parts. Nonetheless, with the success of the iPhone, the lack of an App Store and services like iCloud and Apple Music, the non-touch iPods have become less useful to both Apple and consumers.

Apple, based in Cupertino, California, has sold more than 400 million iPods so far, while the iPhone surpassed a billion units sold in July 2016.

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Super Mario Run Now Available for Download on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Super Mario Run Now Available for Download on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
Super Mario Run is now available to download and play on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The hotly anticipated Nintendo game has seen a flurry of hype around it. In order to play Super Mario Run, you’ll need an iOS device with iOS 8.0 or later. If you aren’t able to download it just yet, it’s just rolling out the world over, and may take some time for it to be available on your country’s App Store.

(Also see: Super Mario Run Controls, Gameplay, Coins, and Modes Explained)

Keep in mind that while Super Mario Run is free to download, it’s not entirely free to play. Specific elements of Super Mario Run’s three game modes — World Tour, Toad Rally, and Kingdom Builder are free, not all of them. Super Mario Run’s price is Rs. 620 or $10.

(Also see: Super Mario Run Release Date Is December 15, Download Size, Price, and More )
And no, there is no Super Mario Run Android version just yet. Nintendo has said that the Super Mario Android release date will be set for early 2017.

Also of importance is that the game needs you to be online.
(Also see: Super Mario Run Android Early 2017 Release Date Is Bad for Nintendo and Gamers)

Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario, has revealed that you will need an Internet connection to play Super Mario Run. Speaking with Mashable, Miyamoto said that the decision had been taken to combat the game’s piracy. “For us, we view our software as being a very important asset for us,” he added. “And also for consumers who are purchasing the game, we want to make sure that we’re able to offer it to them in a way that the software is secure, and that they’re able to play it in a stable environment.”

(Also see: You Will Need an Internet Connection to Play Super Mario Run)

When Mashable asked if he was referring to the risk of piracy in “security”, he said: “That’s correct. Unlike our dedicated game devices, the game is not releasing in a limited number of countries. We’re launching in 150 countries and each of those countries has different network environments and things like that. So it was important for us to be able to have it secure for all users.”

With the Nintendo Switch reveal seeing another Mario game, we won’t be surprised to see if there’s a deeper connection between both games when Nintendo’s console sees a full reveal in January.

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