No thanks, Apple.
Remember your first iPod? Mine was a Christmas gift and came engraved with the date for posterity. That white brick 10GB model has shuffled into obsolescence and my new 7th generation Nano is smaller than a pack of gum and so commonplace even though it was a birthday gift (thanks, Mom!) there was no engraving this time.
Apple’s free engraving meant that your personal motto, declaration of love or lost-and-found information got carved on your epic new device.
The sad thing is that it seems no one wants to play any more: there’s just one engraved Shuffle on Flickr since the end of 2013.
Speculation mounts ahead of the upcoming Apple event: will the iPod line be floated out on the iceberg of death for the iWatch? Or will the iPod design be refreshed again, despite flagging sales?
Whatever happens, here's our tribute to the device as etched in our favorite engravings. Photo: Ekinus
"Bought this iPod Nano for my daughter. She's into the Prodigy - hence the song title. Took some tweaking to get past Apple's hypocrisy bot," says Bryan Hindle.
"I bought a Red 4Gig Nano from an eBay Pawn shop last year. It had this already engraved on the back. Seems appropriate. Named it Gomez. It goes along with a green Nano called Morticia, and 4 various Shuffles: Spyder, Kermit, Pugsley, and Wendy," says Eddie.