Stock up, because Apple isn’t making them anymore. Apple recently discontinued its super-small audio player along with the iPod nano, leaving the iPod touch as the last iPod standing.
The iPod shuffle was originally introduced in 2005, and it seemed like an odd product because it had no screen. It had just a set of player controls set in a circular button ring. But it caught on and lived a long life in Apple’s product lineup.
You can probably easily find someone still using an iPod shuffle. Do you really want to carry your iPhone or wear a bulky iPhone arm strap while you’re out for a run? That’s where the iPod shuffle is ideal.
So you might want to buy another iPod shuffle or two before you can’t find them anymore, and have a backup device in case the iPod shuffle you’re currently using goes out of commission. Or maybe you’re a collector and want one to stash away. Whatever your reasoning, you can find the iPod shuffle at several third-party online retailers—Apple.com no longer sells the iPod shuffle.
When you’re shopping for an iPod shuffle keep this in mind. The last version of the iPod shuffle is sometimes called the 5th (and sometimes 6th) generation model, which was released in 2015. However, the only difference between the 4th and 5th (or 6th) generation models are the available colors. There’s nothing different about the technology between those generations.
Here are a few places where you can find the iPod shuffle.
It’s easy to find the iPod shuffle on Amazon. Prices very a lot, depending on whether the product is new, used, or refurbished.
In addition to the iPod shuffle, NewEgg offers iPod shuffles that have been treated for use underwater. Search for “underwater iPod shuffle” if you’re interested. The links below go to the iPod shuffle for landlubbers.
Best Buy’s stock is all new, so if you that’s what you want, get ‘em while supplies last.
Since eBay auctions expire, links aren’t provided here. But you can find devices by searching for “iPod shuffle 4th 5th generation” or something similar. eBay’s advance search has several conditions you can check and uncheck to refine your search. Check the feedback profile of the seller before you buy. Ask questions not just to get answers about the product for sale, but also to get a feel on how the seller handles communications. Check the return policy; sometimes a seller won’t offer one. And make sure you understand the shipping charges. Here are some general tips for using eBay.
Need to buy some camera gear? Pick up an iPod shuffle while you’re at it.
Walmart’s online store has competitive prices on refurbished iPod shuffles. You also might be able to find them at your local store.
You can order online and then have it delivered to your nearest Target store for pickup. That’s a nice service to have in case no one is around to pick up packages at home.
GameStop sells refurbished/pre-owned iPod shuffles. The prices are attractive.