iPod has come to the end line as Apple stops manufacturing

Apple introduced on Tuesday that it’s discontinuing the whole iPod line, a product the corporate launched practically 22 years in the past. The enduring music participant didn’t solely revolutionise the way in which the world skilled music, it additionally saved the tech large, now price greater than $3 trillion, from chapter.

“In the present day, the spirit of iPod lives on,” mentioned Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Advertising Greg Joswiak in a press launch. “We’ve built-in an unimaginable music expertise throughout all of our merchandise, from the iPhone to the Apple Watch to HomePod mini, and throughout Mac, iPad, and Apple TV,” he added. 

In accordance with the press launch, Apple will proceed to promote the iPod Contact whereas provides final.

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When Apple co-founder and then-CEO Steve Jobs launched the primary iPod in October 2001, the presentation lasted just below an hour for a product that weighed 6.5 ounces, saved 1,000 songs, and was geared up with a battery that might final 10 hours. Within the 2 many years since, Apple has launched 7 extra generations of the iPod, ending with the most recent fancy iPhone-ish iPod Contact model, which got here out in September 2017 and was final up to date in Could 2019. 

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The start of the top of the iPod’s period could possibly be traced again to 2014, when the gross sales of iPod started to plummet in opposition to different merchandise just like the iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad, 3 merchandise that got here after iPod was launched. However integrating a music participant into its different merchandise basically rendered the iPod out of date. The corporate started to chop the iPod line one after the opposite. In 2014, Apple discontinued the iPod Traditional, and in 2017, it stopped making the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle, its two smallest variations of the system. 

“Music has at all times been a part of our core at Apple, and bringing it to lots of of hundreds of thousands of customers in the way in which iPod did impacted extra than simply the music trade — it additionally redefined how music is found, listened to, and shared,” Joswiak mentioned.

The moveable music participant revolution began with the walkerman and should have simply ended with the Apple iPod.


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