Apple discontinues the iPod 20 years after its debut

Since its introduction over 20 years ago until its discontinuation today, iPod has captivated users all over the world who love the ability to take their music with them on the go.

iPod redefined how music was discovered, listened to, and shared. iPod touch will be available while supplies last.
iPod redefined how music was discovered, listened to, and shared. iPod touch will be available while supplies last.

The original iPod was released on October 23, 2001 and looked like this:

Apple's first generation iPod music player (5GB) released on October 23, 2001
Apple’s first generation iPod music player (5GB) released on October 23, 2001

Today, the experience of taking one’s music library out into the world has been integrated across Apple’s product line — from iPhone and Apple Watch to iPad and Mac — along with access to more than 90 million songs and over 30,000 playlists available via Apple Music.

“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,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, in a statement. “Today, 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. And Apple Music delivers industry-leading sound quality with support for spatial audio — there’s no better way to enjoy, discover, and experience music.”

Among the incredible ways to enjoy music across a range of devices, including a wide variety of models from the new iPhone SE to the latest iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone is the best device for streaming Apple Music or storing an entire music library on the go. Apple Watch and AirPods are the perfect companion, allowing users to access over 90 million songs right from their wrist, starting at just $279 with Apple Watch SE. iPad starts at just $329, comes with a more powerful chip, larger display and the latest iPadOS features. And for the best way to enjoy music at home, HomePod mini is just $99.

Customers can purchase iPod touch through, Apple Store locations, and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s the (unsurprising) end of an era. Thanks, iPod!

Want one of the last iPods ever made/ Amazon has Apple’s iPod touch available starting at $189.99 while supplies last here.

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  1. The most useful iPod for me was the tiny iPod shuffle. Just clipped it on, and I had my favorite songs without messing with my big iPod (or iPhone). Owned several, and my last black 4th gen shuffle still works.

    1. That was actually my first iPod and first Apple product in years (had an original Macintosh back in ’88). Then not long after I bought my first 17″ Powerbook. It must’ve been some magic powder inside that iPod Shuffle packaging that drugged me into being a fan of Apple again since 2005. Soon after Steve died, my love for Apple products has diminished to the point that I still have my iPhone 7 Plus and refuse to buy a newer model, FaceID is not my cup of tea.

      1. I still use my iPhone SE, 2016 model, with latest iOS. I’ll probably get the new iPhone SE later this year. Trying to have a Touch ID Home Button (and avoid the notch and Face ID) as long as possible 😏

  2. The iPod isn’t dead. It lives on in millions upon millions of iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, HomePods, and Apple TV’s. Sooner or later, AirPods will become standalone music players akin to iPod Shuffle…

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