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Apple discontinues the iPod after 20 years

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It’s some of the successful Apple products of all time, and revolutionised the best way we take heed to music.

Now, Apple has announced it’s discontinued the iPod, greater than 20 years after the very first one was released back in October 2001.

A spokesperson for the tech giant said the iPod redefined how music is discovered and listened to, and that its spirit ‘lives on’ in other devices. 

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The unique iPod, pictured here, was the primary MP3 player to pack 1,000 songs and a 10-hour battery right into a 6.5-ounce package

iPod Touch (seventh generation), introduced on May 28, 2019, features the A10 Fusion chip, enabling immersive augmented reality experiences and Group FaceTime, along with 256GB of storage. It's also the final iPod model ever to be released

iPod Touch (seventh generation), introduced on May 28, 2019, features the A10 Fusion chip, enabling immersive augmented reality experiences and Group FaceTime, together with 256GB of storage. It is also the ultimate iPod model ever to be released

HISTORY OF iPOD MODELS

iPod Classic (seven generations, 2001-2008)

iPod Mini (two generations, 2004-2005)

iPod Nano (seven generations, 2005-2012)

iPod Shuffle (4 generations, 2005-2010)

iPod Touch (seven generations, 2007-2019) 

‘Music has at all times been a part of our core at Apple,’ said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vp of worldwide marketing. 

‘Bringing it to tons of of thousands and thousands of users in the best way iPod did impacted greater than just the music industry – it also redefined how music is discovered, listened to and shared. 

‘Today, the spirit of iPod lives on. We have 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 is not any higher solution to enjoy, discover, and experience music.’ 

Essentially the most recent iPod to be released was the seventh generation iPod Touch back in May 2019, while the very first iPod model, with its mechanical scroll wheel and white cover, was the primary MP3 player to pack 1,000 songs.

Described by Fortune as ‘Apple’s Twenty first-Century Walkman’, the unique iPod was said to be developed in lower than one 12 months and unveiled by Steve Jobs on October 23, 2001 at a price of $399.  

Described by Fortune as 'Apple's 21st-Century Walkman', the original iPod was said to be developed in less than one year and unveiled on October 23, 2001 at a price of $399

Described by Fortune as ‘Apple’s Twenty first-Century Walkman’, the unique iPod was said to be developed in lower than one 12 months and unveiled on October 23, 2001 at a price of $399

Pictured, the popular iPod Mini, introduced on February 20, 2004, which packed iPod's capacity into a smaller design at just 3.6 ounces

Pictured, the favored iPod Mini, introduced on February 20, 2004, which packed iPod’s capability right into a smaller design at just 3.6 ounces

iPod shuffle (fourth generation), introduced on July 15, 2015, offered a sleek design with up to 15 hours of battery life, 2GB of storage good for hundreds of songs, and a VoiceOver button to hear a song title, playlist name, or battery status

iPod shuffle (fourth generation), introduced on July 15, 2015, offered a sleek design with as much as 15 hours of battery life, 2GB of storage good for tons of of songs, and a VoiceOver button to listen to a song title, playlist name, or battery status

Also amongst essentially the most memorable iPod models was the iPod Mini, introduced in February 2004, which had a smaller design and got here in a variety of colors. 

The iPod Shuffle, meanwhile, which was first released in January 2005, got here and not using a display and was the smallest model within the iPod family. 

By the point the ultimate iPod Touch model got here out, the shape factor essentially replicated Apple’s smartphones, with a choice of handy apps. 

iPod Touch may even make phone calls, rendering the iPod almost redundant within the face of Apple’s all-powerful iPhone. 

Watch Steve Jobs introduce the very first iPod in 2001 

Apple’s announcement, made on Tuesday, led to an outpouring of fond memories on social media from former iPod owners. 

Dutch designer Sebastiaan de With, who goes by the Twitter handle @sdw, said: ‘I’m endlessly grateful for iPod. 

‘It got me into the Apple ‘universe’ at 15. It’s what made me buy my first Mac three years later, which began my profession as a designer.’ 

One other Twitter user, @NikiasMolina, simply said: ‘Thanks for changing the world iPod.’ 

iPod nano (second generation), introduced on September 25, 2006, offered a thin design, a bright color display, six stylish colors, and up to 24 hours of battery life, and put up to 2,000 songs in users’ pockets

iPod nano (second generation), introduced on September 25, 2006, offered a skinny design, a vivid color display, six stylish colours, and as much as 24 hours of battery life, and put as much as 2,000 songs in users’ pockets

'Thank you for changing the world iPod': Users took to social media to share memories of their first iPod purchase and their love for the Apple device

‘Thanks for changing the world iPod’: Users took to social media to share memories of their first iPod purchase and their love for the Apple device 

Apple said customers should buy iPod Touch through apple.com, Apple Store locations and authorized Apple resellers while supplies last. 

Fans are already snapping up the last of the iPod Touch devices still being sold, possibly to maintain them of their packaging and switch them into collectors items in years to come back. 

Twitter user @EthanSteury said: ‘Since Apple is discontinuing the iPod, I purchased one.’  

Meanwhile, user @TomGreggors said: ‘How long before the iPod has a vinyl-esque revival? I’ll be fully on board when it does!’

THE TRILLION DOLLAR RISE OF APPLE

The company's journey to the summit of the technology industry has been a rocky one, having seen Jobs (pictured right in 1976) leave the firm in the mid-1980s after his pet project, the first Macintosh computer, struggled and he attempted to oust then chief executive John Sculley. Wozniak is pictured left  

The corporate’s journey to the summit of the technology industry has been a rocky one, having seen Jobs (pictured right in 1976) leave the firm within the mid-Nineteen Eighties after his pet project, the primary Macintosh computer, struggled and he attempted to oust then chief executive John Sculley. Wozniak is pictured left  

1976: Founders Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne created the corporate on April 1 1976 as they set about selling computer kits to hobbyists, each of which was built by Wozniak.

The primary product was the Apple I. 

1977: Apple released the Apple II in June, which was the primary PC made for the mass market. 

1981: Jobs became chairman.  

1984: The Macintosh was introduced during an ad break for the Super Bowl and later officially unveiled during a launch event. It was discontinued a 12 months later and Jobs left the firm.

1987: Apple released the Macintosh II, the primary color Mac.

1997: Apple broadcasts it should acquire NeXT software in a $400 million deal that involves Jobs returning to Apple as interim CEO. He officially took the role in 2000.  

2001: Apple introduced iTunes, OS X and the first-generation iPod.

The primary iPod MP3 music player was released on October 23, 2001, at an event in Cupertino and was capable of hold as much as 1,000 songs.

Steve Jobs unveils Apple Computer Corporation's new Macintosh February 6, 1984 in California.

Steve Jobs unveils Apple Computer Corporation’s latest Macintosh February 6, 1984 in California.

The then Chief Executive Officer of Apple, Steve Jobs, with the iPhone

The then Chief Executive Officer of Apple, Steve Jobs, with the iPhone

2007: Apple unveils the iPhone. 

2010: The primary iPad was unveiled.

2011: Jobs resigned in 2011 resulting from illness, handing the CEO title to Tim Cook. Job died in October from pancreatic cancer.

2014: Apple unveiled the Apple Watch. It also unveiled its first larger iPhones – the 6 and 6 Plus. 

2015: After purchasing Beats from Dr Dre, Apple launched Apple Music to compete with Spotify and other music streaming services. 

Apple CEO Steve Jobs speaks at an Apple event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs speaks at an Apple event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.

2016: Apple returned to its roots and announced the 4-inch iPhone SE. Meanwhile, the firm is embroiled in a legal battle with the FBI, involving the agency demanding access to the locked phone utilized by Syed Farook, who died in a shootout after carrying out a deadly December attack in San Bernardino, California together with his wife. The court order was dropped on March 28 after the FBI said a 3rd party was capable of unlock the device.  

2017: Apple introduces the iPhone X, which removes the house button to make way for a futuristic edge-to-edge screen design and a latest FaceID system that uses advanced sensors and lasers to unlock phones with just the owner’s face.    

2018: In a primary for the corporate, Apple introduces latest features in its latest operating system, iOS 12, that encourage users to administer and spend less time on their devices. The move was spawned by a strongly worded letter from shareholders that urged the firm to deal with the growing problem of smartphone addiction amongst kids and teenagers. 

2019: In January, Apple reports its first decline in revenues and profits in a decade. CEO Tim Cook partly blamed steep declines in revenue from China.

2020: In March, Apple closes all its bricks and mortar retail stores outside of China in response to coronavirus. 

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