Apple withdraws iPod after 20 years, which will be sold “while stocks last”

Apple withdraws iPod after 20 years, which will be sold "while stocks last"

Apple released the iPod, a rectangular device that could store up to 1,000 tunes and fit in your pocket, more than 20 years ago. At the time of its release, PCMag dubbed the device the “world’s coolest MP3 player,” and it quickly became a status symbol that revolutionized the way people listened to music.

Apple withdraws iPod after 20 years, which will be sold “while stocks last”

The reason, is that music has been integrated into the functionality of its other gadgets. The iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and HomePod mini all have music streaming capabilities similar to the iPod.

The iPod Touch has now been discontinued by Apple, which announced its discontinuation on Tuesday. The product is still available, but only while supplies last.

On social media, fans of the iPod mourned the device’s discontinuation as they reminisced about buying their first music player.

Introduced by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 2001, the device also helped remake Apple by expanding the company’s product line beyond computers. Six years later, Jobs introduced the iPhone, which he described as “like having your life in your pocket.”

“RIP to my first ever tech purchase, an iPod touch 2nd gen,” one Twitter user wrote.

Apple had previously discontinued earlier versions of the iPod, such as the iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano, leaving the 2019 iPod touch as the only device in its line of dedicated music players. But sales of iPods have fallen since their peak in 2008 as consumers shifted to streaming music on smartphones and other devices.

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