Apple discontinues iPod after 20 years
It’s one of the most popular Apple products of all time and has revolutionized the way we listen to music.
Now Apple has announced the discontinuation of the iPod, more than 20 years after the very first was released in October 2001.
A spokesperson for the tech giant says the iPod is redefining the way music is discovered and listened to, and its spirit “lives on”.
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The original iPod, pictured here, was the first MP3 player to pack 1,000 songs and a 10-hour battery in a 6.5-ounce case.
The iPod Touch (seventh generation), launched on May 28, 2019, features the A10 Fusion chip, enabling immersive augmented reality and Group FaceTime experiences, along with 256GB of storage. It is also the last iPod model ever released.
“Music has always been at our heart at Apple,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing.
“Bringing it to hundreds of millions of users like the iPod has impacted more than the music industry – it has also redefined the way music is discovered, listened to and shared.
‘Today, the spirit of the iPod lives on. We’ve built an incredible music experience into all of our products, from iPhone to Apple Watch to HomePod mini, and on Mac, iPad and Apple TV.
“And Apple Music delivers industry-leading sound quality with support for spatial audio – there’s no better way to enjoy, discover and experience music.”
The most recent iPod to be released was the seventh-generation iPod Touch, released in May 2019, while the very first iPod model, with its mechanical scroll wheel and white cover, was the first MP3 player to contain 1,000 songs.
Described by Fortune as “the 21st century Apple music player,” the original iPod was reportedly developed in less than a year and unveiled on October 23, 2001 for $399.
Pictured is the popular iPod Mini, introduced on February 20, 2004, which packed iPod capacity into a smaller design at just 3.6 ounces
The iPod shuffle (fourth generation), launched on July 15, 2015, offered a sleek design with up to 15 hours of battery life, 2GB of storage for hundreds of songs, and a VoiceOver button to hear a song’s title , the name of a playlist or battery status
Described by Fortune as “the Apple music player of the 21st century”, the original iPod was developed in less than a year and unveiled by Steve Jobs on October 23, 2001 for $399.
Also among the most memorable iPod models is the iPod Mini, introduced in February 2004, which had a smaller design and was available in a range of colors.
The iPod Shuffle, on the other hand, first released in January 2005, came without a screen and was the smallest model in the iPod family.
By the time the final iPod Touch model was released, the form factor essentially replicated Apple’s smartphones, with a selection of handy apps.
The iPod Touch can even make phone calls, making the iPod almost redundant to Apple’s almighty iPhone.
Watch Steve Jobs introduce the very first iPod in 2001
Apple’s announcement, made on Tuesday, sparked a wave of fond memories on social media from former iPod owners.
Dutch designer Sebastiaan de With, who uses the @sdw Twitter account, said: “I am so grateful for the iPod.
“It got me into the Apple world at 15. It got me buying my first Mac three years later, which launched my career as a designer.”
Another Twitter user, @NikiasMolina, simply said, “Thank you for changing the iPod world.”
‘Thank you for changing the iPod world’: Users took to social media to share memories of their first iPod purchase and their love for the Apple device
Apple said customers can purchase the iPod Touch through apple.com, Apple Retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last.
Fans are already snapping up the latest iPod Touch devices still on sale, perhaps to keep them in their packaging and turn them into collectibles for years to come.
Twitter user @EthanSteury said: “Since Apple is discontinuing the iPod, I bought one.”
Meanwhile, user @TomGreggors said: ‘How long until the iPod gets a vinyl revival? I’ll be fully on board when it does!