When Apple first unveiled the iPod in 2001, it shook the world with this device offering a revolutionary way to listen to music. When it was launched, many consumers were still using devices such as portable CD players that could only hold about 13 tracks before having to change discs. The original iPod could hold a staggering 1,000 songs and also came with features like a fast-charging battery and the ability to prevent tracks from skipping if you used it while racing.
Apple even included its faster way to transfer files, which meant it was much faster to load your music library onto the device.
The iPod was way ahead of its time, but after more than 20 years on sale, Apple is now calling time on this iconic gadget with the company confirming that it’s been discontinued.
Once the current iPod Touch is sold, there will be no more mini music players arriving in stores with Apple claiming that its customers are now using other devices to listen to their favorite songs and playlists.
The rise of the iPhone and other devices like the HomePod and iPad means fewer people feel the need to own a dedicated music player.
“Music has always been at our core at Apple, and bringing it to hundreds of millions of users in the same way the iPod has impacted more than just the music industry – it has also redefined the way music is discovered, heard and shared,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing.
“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.
Since the first iPod was revealed on stage by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, it has undergone many transformations.
The original click wheel design led to versions like the tiny iPod Shuffle that could clip onto your clothes and the all-screen iPod Touch that looked more like an iPhone than a music device.
If you want an iPod, there’s still time to have some more in stock, but once they run out, Apple won’t be adding more to its stores, so you might have to be quick.