“We can deduce from the 1GB iPod nano announcement that the end is near for the iPod shuffle. There’s just no reason to keep it around with its stripped feature set and low profit margins… The couple extra bucks the nano commands is a bargain considering that you get a color screen with photo playback and a dock connector for connecting accessories… Don’t be surprised when the nano gets upgraded to 8GB and 16GB capacities in the late summer/early fall,” Jason D. O’Grady blogs for ZDNet. “1GB nanos are perfect for Valentine’s day, but 8GB and 16GB nanos would be killer for back-to-school.”

Full article here.
Is “Sandwich Man” whispering to O’Grady at the Wawa’s warming rack again? iPod shuffles do serve a purpose. They allow very inexpensive entry into the iPod digital music world. They are light, tiny, tough, and great for workouts. They serve an important purpose in Apple’s iPod pricing strategy. They may someday get a small screen and a name change, but they won’t be discontinued.
With all that said, this is Apple we’re talking about, so expect Apple to discontinue the iPod shuffle this afternoon. wink

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