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Apple retires the iPod lineup after 21 years, marking the end of an era

Apple stated that it will offer the current iPod Touch “while supplies last”

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Apple retires the iPod lineup after 21 years, marking the end of an era

Apple has announced the discontinuation of the iPod Touch, the company’s final surviving device in its portable music player portfolio. In a Tuesday news post, the company stated that it will offer the current Touch “while supplies last,” thereby ending one of the market’s last pure music players.

In 2001, Apple released the first iPod, at a period when portable music players were gaining popularity throughout the world, whereas the iPod Touch debuted in 2007 and was last updated in 2019. At the time, Apple used its A10 mobile CPU on the iPod Touch, the same technology that powered the iPhone 7 in 2016.

Apple’s announcement of retiring the iPod Touch signifies the end of an era. According to Apple, the first iPod was released “almost 20 years ago.” The first FireWire-equipped device was only a portable music player, and Apple manufactured variants that were almost entirely for listening to audio until 2017, when it discontinued the iPod Nano and Shuffle. While some iPod fans hailed the iPod Touch as the new classic music player, it also attracted many who desired an iPhone-like experience without the need for a phone.

While Apple has stopped producing dedicated music players, the company states that “the spirit of the iPod lives on” in all of its music-playing products, including the iPhone, iPad, and HomePod Mini. “And Apple Music delivers industry-leading sound quality with spatial audio support — there’s no better way to listen, discover, and experience music,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

While the iPod is nearing its end, it’s difficult to say goodbye to something so famous. With Apple’s departure, it’s now up to firms like Sony to carry on the heritage for die-hard music fans.

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