20 years after its Release, Apple is Discontinuing the iPod
Another blow to my childhood...
If you had a childhood, you either had or heard of an iPod before. On this grave day of remembrance, Apple has said its iconic music player has been replaced by other devices making the iPod itself redundant thus discontinuing it.
"Today, the spirit of the iPod lives on. We've integrated an incredible music experience across all of our products, from the iPhone to the Apple Watch to the 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."
Said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice-president of worldwide marketing.
It was in October 2001 that Steve Jobs debuted the iPod boasting that it was the first MP3 player with the storage to hold 1,000 songs and the technology to boast a 10-hour battery life.
At the release, he said "With iPod, Apple has invented a whole new category of digital music player that lets you put your entire music collection in your pocket and listen to it wherever you go. With iPod, listening to music will never be the same again."
MP3 players released by Apple’s closest competitors came nowhere close to the success seen by the iPod. The complete termination comes as no surprise however as Apple has slowly begun killing the range of iPods in recent years.
The click wheel model of the iPod was discontinued in 2014 and in 2017 the Shuffle and Nano followed the same fate. If you would really like to keep the iPod spirit alive, the 7th generation iPod touch is still for sale today.
We should all keep in mind the idea that without the iPod, we would never have the iPhone or iPad we have today.
R.I.P iPod: 2001 - 2022 :(