The iPod as we know it is officially dead. Today, Apple announced that it’s quietly discontinuing the $199 iPod Touch, the latest version of its iconic MP3 player. Basically an iPhone without the whole phone part, the iPod Touch will still be available “while supplies last,” and if you’re seeking a dedicated music player or kid-friendly iOS device — or just need an occasional break from your phone — there are some good reasons to scoop one up while you still can.
Apple’s newest iPod may hold some appeal for old-school or minimalist users who truly want a device just for playing music. Smartphones fill up fast with apps, photos and messages, so serious listeners who prefer to download rather than stream could get a lot out of a dedicated music player — especially if you’re loading up on space-eating, high-resolution audio files. You’ll also have the freedom to enjoy some tunes on the go while taking a break from your phone, which is something we can all use a bit of these days. And unlike the latest iPhones, the iPod Touch still gets you a free pair of EarPods in the box — and even includes a headphone jack!