Apple drops iPod Nano and Shuffle

iPod Nanos on display.
iPod Nanos on display. Photo credit: Getty

Apple has killed off its two cheapest iPods, announcing it will no longer sell the iPod Nano and Shuffle.

"Today, we are simplifying our iPod lineup with two models of iPod Touch now with double the capacity starting… and we are discontinuing the iPod shuffle and iPod nano," Apple said in a statement.

It's been five years since the cheaper iPod options were significantly updated.

Both devices were introduced in 2005.

The cull leaves the iPod touch the final remaining dedicated music player in Apple's hardware range. Only two models remain - the 32GB and the 128GB.

The iPod classic - the one with the clickwheel and up to 160GB of storage - was discontinued in 2014.

It comes days after Microsoft announced it would be phasing out its classic MS Paint software. Adobe on Thursday (NZ time) said it would end support for its much-derided Flash software in 2020.