Nooooo! Apple discontinues iPod

(The original iPod)

Since its introduction over 20 years ago, iPod has captivated users all over the world who love the ability to take their music with them on the go. Now the tech giant has announced it will discontinue the iPod.


Apple (AAPL) said customers can continue to purchase an iPod Touch device “while supplies last.” The company also noted that customers can now listen to their favorite songs from a range of other Apple devices, including the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.

Today, the experience of taking one’s music library out into the world has been integrated across Apple’s product line — from iPhone and Apple Watch to iPad and Mac — along with access to more than 90 million songs and over 30,000 playlists available via Apple Music.

“Music has always been part of our core at Apple, and bringing it to hundreds of millions of users in the way iPod did impacted more than just the music industry — it also redefined how music is discovered, listened to, and shared,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. 

“Today, the spirit of iPod lives on. We’ve integrated an incredible music experience across all of our products, from the iPhone to the Apple Watch to HomePod mini, and across 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 iPod was first introduced by Apple’s co-founder and then-CEO Steve Jobs in 2001. It was part of the evolution, in some cases revolution, of Apple’s handheld devices. That same year, the iPod touch was introduced, which was the predecessor of the iPhone. By mid-2007, more than 100 million iPod devices had been sold.

Apple introduced many iterations of the iPod, including the iPod Shuffle, the iPod nano, and the ‌iPod touch‌, but all have since been phased out and discontinued.

The original iPod model is shown.
The first iPod mini is shown.
iPod nano (2nd generation) is shown.
The first iPod touch is shown.
iPod nano (7th generation) is shown.

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iPod shuffle (4th generation) is shown.
iPod touch (7th generation) is shown.

That same year, Apple unveiled the iPhone, which was in many ways the spiritual heir to the iPod Touch. The smartphone, and other Apple devices that followed, eventually made the iPod feel like a relic of the past, long before it was officially discontinued.

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