Shortage if iPod shuffle reportedly due to component supplier changes, not discontinuation

Marc Schneider, Billboard:

Reports of the iPod Shuffle's demise appear to be premature. Following legitimate shortages of the pint-sized MP3 player at retail stores, the Apple press corps began speculating that it was poised to join the iPod Classic at the gadget retirement home.

Rather than being discontinued, however, sources with knowledge of the situation tell Billboard that Apple is actually going thorough component supplier changes that have interrupted production of the Shuffle.