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The iPod will be ten years old next month, but despite that, the much-loved music player is facing extinction.

That's according to online speculation that points towards the player's steady decline, both in sales and popularity, and concludes that with no iPod announcements scheduled this year, it could finally be the end of the road for the world's most widely-known MP3 player, Cnet reports.

Apple iPod Shuffle

Shuffle off to the vaults of history?

A supposed person-in-the-know subsequently revealed to TUAW that this is indeed the case and both the iPod Shuffle and iPod Classic will be getting the axe this year.

While it wouldn't divulge its source for the information, the site was quick to point out that details came from a real-life Apple insider. Ooo, it must be true.

Apple apparently mentioned "product transition" at a recent AGM and the discontinuation of non-touchscreen iPods could be exactly that. The move would make the iPod Nano the company's lowest-end product.

With tipsters coming out the woodwork left, right and centre, the reports appear to have some weight. We'll find out more on 4 October, should Apple decide to bring it up at the iPhone 5 event. ®

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