SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 01: An Apple employee holds a new iPod Nano at an Apple Special Event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts September 1, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced upgraded versions of the entire iPod line, including an iPod Touch that includes a camera and smaller version of Apple TV. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle have played their final notes for Apple.
The company discontinued sales of the two music players yesterday in a move reflecting the waning popularity of the devices in an era when most people store or stream their tunes on smartphones.
The iPod product line still remains alive. Apple plans to continue selling its internet-connected iPod Touch.
Apple's iPhone, released a decade ago, played an instrumental role in the demise of the digital music players.
Apple has long predicted iPods would gradually fade away as more people bought iPhones or other smartphones capable of playing music.