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Original iPods Bid Farewell
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Original iPods Bid Farewell

Apple has called time on the last remaining app-free music players produced by the firm, iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle, according to Reuters. The main reason for the ending of the two basic music and video players was the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, which implemented a music player among a host of different apps. The Nano and Suffle were originally released in 2005, two years before the best-selling iPhone, both costing a fraction of the first smartphone released by the tech giant. As Carolina Milanesi, consumer tech analyst with Creative Strategies, said to the Guardian newspaper: “Makes sense: No place for iPod Nano & Shuffle when music means Apple Music.” Apple stopped updating the Nano and Shuffle lines in 2012 and 2010 respectively, and killed the older iPod Classic in 2014, by removing the item off the company’s website and stores shelves. Another aspect in the death of the download-only devices was the introduction of music streaming services, which boomed in the past half decade with the introduction of faster Internet connections.

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