Apple Inc to discontinue iconic iPod after 20 years

Since its launch in 2001, the iPod took on a storm of competing music players before being eclipsed by smartphones, online music streaming and within the Apple company.

Apple Inc to discontinue iconic iPod after 20 years

New Delhi | Jagran Technology Desk: Apple Inc has announced to discontinue the iPod that was introduced over 20 years ago and captivated users all over the world with music on the go and kickstarted Apple's meteoric evolution into the world's biggest company. Now, the iPod Touch, the only version of the portable music player still being sold, will be available till supplies last, Apple said in a blog on Tuesday.

Customers can purchase iPod touch through apple.com/in,and Apple Authorised Resellers while supplies last, Apple said in a statement late on Tuesday.

"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," said Greg Joswiak, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

“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," he added.

The iPod has undergone several iterations since its inception featuring a scroll wheel, the capacity to store a 1,000 songs and a 10-hour battery-life. The original iPod, introduced on October 23, 2001, was the first MP3 player to pack a mind-blowing 1,000 songs and a 10-hour battery into a stunning 6.5-ounce package.

Apple then introduced iPod mini on February 20, 2004, which brought everything "users loved about iPod into a smaller design at just 3.6 ounces".
iPod nano (2nd generation), introduced on September 25, 2006, offered a thin design, a bright colour display, six stylish colours, and up to 24 hours of battery life, and put up to 2,000 songs in users' pockets.

"iPod touch, first introduced on September 5, 2007, brought the revolutionary Multi-Touch interface that made iPhone a hit to iPod with a gorgeous 3.5-inch widescreen display," said Apple.

The 7th-generation iPod Touch and the last was introduced in 2019. The new iPod touch had the A10 Fusion chip, up to 256GB of storage and Group FaceTime.

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