After 20 years of journey, Apple has decided to pull the plug on its much-loved iPod lineup. Apple has confirmed that it is discontinuing its portable music player line and will continue to sell the current iPod Touch “while supplies last”. Steve Jobs introduced Apple’s first portable music player back in 2012. Through the iPod, Apple delved into the music industry for the first time while extending its reach from computers to personal portable devices.
Apple discontinues iPod: End of an era
As per a statement by 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.”
Apple has already discontinued its iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle, today, the company has announced the discontinuation of the iPod Touch, which was used by music enthusiasts who wanted an iPhone-like experience without requiring the actual iPhone. The last iPod Touch model was launched in 2007.
Back when iPod was introduced, users used to download songs from particular artists and albums at a price. Now, in the age of streaming, people are not really looking to pay for each track and carry a second device, other than the phone, just to listen to music. iPhones themselves now come with features like GPS, high-end cameras, music streaming and whatnot. All these factors contributed greatly to the obsolescence of the iPod today.
End of Apple iPod: Stirs nostalgia in millennials
It is no secret that the end of the iPod stirs nostalgia among fans, even though its use has diminished in the present day. Here’s how these iPod fans bid adieu to iPod on Twitter.
after 21 years, apple discontinued the ipod 😭 so long and goodnight 🖤 pic.twitter.com/xbWvPf2GMh
— When We Were Young (@WWWYFest) May 10, 2022
Damn… lowkey a little sad to see that Apple has officially discontinued the iPod from today.
This thing changed the music game forever. RIP. pic.twitter.com/1Oskbo7eag
— Jon (@MrDalekJD) May 10, 2022
Y’all remember when everybody got an iPod touch and would fake like it’s a phone? Or is it just me?? 😭😭
— HOOD VOGUE is tired of poverty (@keyon) May 10, 2022