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Apple is not killing off the iPod shuffle, according to a report from Billboard who cites sources with knowledge of the situation. Instead, the publication says that “Apple is actually going thorough component supplier changes that have interrupted production of the Shuffle.” If this report is to be believed, slipping iPod shuffle shipping times and unavailability in Apple Stores around the country could simply be explained by the fact that Apple is switching components supplier.

Rumors of the iPod shuffle’s death started yesterday when Mark Gurman reported that iPod shuffle shipping times on the Online Apple Store had dropped to 7-10 days while Apple Retail Stores appeared to have entirely run out of stock around the country. As it appears, this situation might just be temporary, which would confirm Gurman’s initial report that Apple had actually warned retail employees that the device would be available in short supplies for an unspecified period of time.

Source: Billboard

  • Ángel Javier Esquivel

    I don’t want the shuffle to be death 🙁 That was my first iPod

  • Jimmy Velletta

    Why wouldn’t they kill it? I don’t understand.

    • Virus

      boost sales of the more expensive ipod = more profit

  • DevXav

    I hope that’s true..

    Shuffle is for those who really love listening to music during heavy workout/running, not for people that only want to show off at fb/tw/whatever…

    Small, discrete, elegant, superb sound quality and about two weeks of battery life while running for about 30 minutes everyday, that’s what I am talking about here.

  • Andy

    2 GB is still not enough space to warrant a purchase. I know it’s not supposed to store all your music, but it really should be at least 8 or 16 GB. You know they can make the storage bigger, but they won’t. They want you to buy the iPod nano or touch.