Wired’s Christina Bonnington speculates on Gizmodo that the end of the iPod in the near future, citing declining sales and a few curious moves on Apple’s part. iPod sales peaked in December of 2008, and the numbers continue to drop. The iPod Touch has features, like FaceTime, that used to be reserved for iPhones. And this year, Apple’s Back To School deal gives students a complimentary $100 iTunes giftcard with the purchase of a Mac, when the promo’s freebie was formerly an iPod touch.
Apple has an event planned for September that could bring the announcement of a retired iPod alongside the new tech. iPods may not be selling as well, but Apple’s general revenues are doing fine.