Not entirely surprising, but Ars Technica is reporting sources from Apple’s Authorised Resellers, who have confirmed that current models of iPod have been discontinued as stocks run dry, while Apple management prepare to unleash the next generation of its family of media devices.
Stock of some models has completely disappeared, the report explains, noting this comes just over a week before the much-speculated upon but as yet unconfirmed September 9 iPod refresh.
Apple is also expected to announce a new socially-connected version of iTunes, including some form of Blu-ray support. Outside bets claim improvements to the Apple TV, while speculation also exists predicating the introduction of a 6-inch media playing device, like a larger iPod touch, though this is not anticipated to be the full-strength tablet Apple CEO Steve Jobs is currently focused on development of.
There has also been speculation Apple may introduce some form of ads-funded music streaming service, despite its recent granting of permission to sell the music industry supported Spotify application through the App Store.
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