Apple has discontinued the iPod music player after more than 20 years on the market
Apple has discontinued the iPod – 21 years after its launch.
When the revolutionary music device was released in 2001, it could only store 1,000 tracks.
But with the release of 2019, the latest iPod update, the device could store up to 33,000 songs, with over 90 million songs available on Apple’s streaming service.
Here we take a look back at the history of the iPod and how it has evolved over the 21 years that it has been on the market.
The History of the iPod
When the iPod was first introduced by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, it had a 10-hour battery life and was the first MP3 player to store 1,000 songs.
The iconic iPod has evolved over the years into models like the iPod touch, iPod mini, and iPod nano.
However, many experts predicted that it likely won’t stay in production much longer due to the rise of the iPhone and other smartphones that come with built-in music players.
The iPod Classic was released on October 23, 2001 and attracted attention with its sleek design and metallic back panel.
There were six generations of the iPod Classic, and each generation was released annually. The well-known design of the iPod Classic was released in the fourth generation.
Up until 2003, the iPod had 40GB of storage, but that increased to 160GB in 2007.
Intended to be compact and invisible, the iPod mini was introduced in 2004 but lasted only two generations.
This iPod was marketed for its bright colors and small design that can hold a maximum of 6GB for songs.
The Nano was designed to replace the iPod Mini and was first introduced in 2005. This offshoot of the Classic, which went through seven generations, was on the market for 11 years and 10 months before being discontinued.
With its drastic changes in the sixth generation, the iPod Nano is perhaps fondly remembered for its square screen and distinct lack of buttons, with the ability to provide 24 hours of music playback on a single full charge.
However, the seventh generation grew back to standard size and reproduced in rainbow colors, from pastel yellow to red.
Known for its distinctive design, the iPod Shuffle was all buttons and no screen, but featured a fancy clip that led to millions of people pinning the brand to their lapels like an awl.
The reason for the change? According to Apple, iPod owners kept their music on Shuffle, and this design was more cost-effective to implement.
The iPod Shuffle lasted four generations and could store up to 240 songs.
But it’s the fourth-generation iPod Shuffle that many remember – it’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and has big buttons.
This brand was available in 29 languages and included the famous third generation VoiceOver.
The iPod Shuffle was discontinued on July 27, 2017 after 12 years and six months on the market.
The iPod touch was first developed in 2007 and is the latest in the line of iPods.
The iPod Touch mimics a smartphone in every way except the phone function and is known for its versatility and adaptability.
In seven generations, this iPod was a combination of all of the above but could be supported with IOS, with the final model launching on May 28, 2019.
With its cessation it marks the end of a revolutionary era.
Why was the iPod discontinued?
With the advent of iPhones and similar devices, the iPod became obsolete, leading to its discontinuation.
Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said the iPod “redefined how music was discovered.”
He said, “Music has always been part of our core at Apple and bringing it to hundreds of millions of users, just as the iPod not only impacted the music industry — it also redefined how music is discovered, heard 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, 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 said it will continue to sell the Touch, the last remaining generation iPod, “while supplies last.”