Apple "to axe" iPod shuffle, classic

Apple plans to streamline the iPod range by killing off the iPod classic and iPod shuffle, a report claims.


Apple will kill off the iPod classic and iPod shuffle, it has been claimed.

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) reports that Apple will streamline its iPod range by removing the iPod classic and iPod shuffle from its physical and online stores.

The source is apparently not an analyst, though TUAW doesn't divulge who it actually is. However, the tip isn't apparently that new and it certainly isn't the first time that we've heard the death knell being sounded for the iPod classic.

The iPod classic still uses a traditional, spinning-disc hard drive and while Apple is making a conscious shift to flash memory it is beginning to look somewhat outdated. The iPod shuffle is at the lowest end of the iPod range and once it is discontinued, the iPod nano will take its place.

Cnet points out that the iPod will see its 10th anniversary this October, which could make this a good time to put it to rest. Besides, iPods only account for eight percent of Apple's total sales these days.

Meanwhile, we're expecting a new iPod touch, which will be largely similar to its predecessors but also come in a white version, to be announced next week at the iPhone event, though the unveiling may be somewhat overshadowed.

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