Apple designs and sells consumer electronics and personal computers, and also operates retail stores. It is one of the world’s biggest companies and the second-largest mobile phone-maker after Samsung.

Late Apple chief executive Steve Jobs speaks on stage with images of the iPod Shuffle (left) and iPod Nano projected on screen at an Apple media event in San Francisco in 2010. Photo: Reuters

Apple kills iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle

The iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle have played their final notes for Apple.

The company discontinued sales of the two music players Thursday in a move reflecting the waning popularity of the devices in an era when most people store or stream their tunes on smartphones.