As a high-end media player, Apple still has iPod Touch for $199, as it discontinues two of lower end models due to less demand (as smartphones provide capabilies also).  This article shares 7 alternatives to the iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano which were discontinued recently.

Apple’s iconic iPods are going away. But if you’re still in the market for a dedicated music player, there are still some worthy options out there.  Apple didn’t invent the portable music player, but the company’s iPod was the category’s first true mass-market phenomenon. But in the post-iPhone era, iPod sales have continued to plunge — which is why Apple finally pulled the plug on sales of the iPod Shuffle and the iPod Nano yesterday.

So what now? Of course, these models will still be available in retail and online until stock runs out. But we know some of you still want non-phone music player alternatives for workouts, for the beach or just for serious music appreciation. With that in mind, we’ve sorted through the shrinking MP3 player market for some worthwhile alternatives