Earlier this week, Apple announcement that he will discontinue his iPod touch, the latest model of iPod available. The product will continue to be available from Apple retailers while supplies last.
A portable music pioneer
The iPod was considered a pioneer of the modern smartphone, paving the way for Apple’s current success. “While the iPod lives no more, its legacy lives on. You can draw many lines between the iPod lineup and what Apple is doing successfully today,” said The edge.
History of the iPod
Apple released its first iPod 20 years ago. The first model of the device hit the market in 2001, with 5GB of storage – up to 1,000 songs – for the price of $399. The iPod changed the world of portable music, providing a functional and modern alternative to the MP3 players that came before it, according to PCMag.
the iPod shuffle was released in 2005. It was the smallest of Apple’s music devices and did not come with a screen. Apple has continued to release different versions of the iPod over the years, such as the nanountil it finally released the iPod touch in 2007.
“The release of the iPhone in 2007 changed everything. It allowed people to make calls, listen to music and more, all from one device,” said The the wall street journal reported.
iPod sales peaked at $9.2 billion in 2008, shortly after the iPhone was released. By 2014, Apple had stopped reporting iPod sales as its own category, with sales dropping to $2.3 billion, according to The the wall street journal.
“The spirit of the iPod lives on”
Tech Analysts Say iPod Shutdown Was Inevitable, Says BBC. But between the iPhone and all other Apple products, Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, says, “The spirit of iPod lives on,” according to CNBC.
“We’ve built an amazing music experience across all of our products, from iPhone to Apple Watch to HomePod mini, and Mac, iPad and Apple TV,” Joswiak said, per AlJazeera.