Apple subtly announced vis-à-vis its official Newsroom page that it will no longer manufacture the iPod MP3 music player…
Apple is well-known in the personal technology world for being an innovator. It’s the company that took the business stigma off computers and the one who first introduced the smartphone as we know it today. But, prior to the summer of 2007, the tech organization unveiled its iconic MP3 player in 2001, the iPod. Since then, the device has been synonymous with music. Still, nothing lasts forever and Apple says it is discontinuing the player.
Apple Officially Discontinues the iPod
Apple made its intentions known in a recent product update. The company explains it will continue to sell the iPod Touch “while supplies last,” meaning it won’t manufacture any more units. The tech giant revealed it is retiring the iPod because its functionality lives on in a range of other products, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac, HomePod, and Apple Watch.
When Apple first introduced the iPod in October of 2001, it boasted its immense storage capability of “1,000 songs in your pocket.” It lead to an entire follow-on product line, such as the nano, shuffle, classic, and more. But, anything the iPod could do is now readily available through Apple’s other devices. SVP of Worldwide Marketing Greg Joswiak explained:
“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.”