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After 21 good years, it’s goodbye to the iPod

It’s been 21 years since Steve Jobs took the stage to talk about Apple’s response to digital music, saying it’s a “breakthrough device” and “it’s not a Mac.” Well, last week Apple released a statement saying that it has decided to cease production of the latest iPod model, marking the end of an era for the gadget that has shaped the music listening experience for millions of people.

Looking at the numbers, Apple has sold over 400 million iPods and it’s easy to see that it was one of the most loved digital devices ever. When the first iPod was launched in 2001, it could store 1,000 songs, which seemed revolutionary at the time. But technology has moved on and today there are over 90 million songs on Apple’s streaming service.

The iPod Touch was designed by the same Apple team that later invented the iPhone. Of course, it was the iPhone that quickly eclipsed the iPod. As Apple has stated, “the spirit of the iPod lives on in other products.”

There have been several iPod models over the years — including the Nano and Shuffle — but the iPod Touch, released in 2007, is the last model to be discontinued.

The first model of the iPod was unveiled in 2001 by Apple CEO Steve Jobs in typical Apple style. With much fanfare, Jobs introduced the iPod—all the while dressed in his signature jeans and black turtleneck.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the very first iPod on October 23, 2001, promising a “breakthrough digital device — that’s not a Mac.”

Even the invites to the launch event said, “Hint: It’s not a Mac.” At the time, digital music was on the rise and there were other digital music players on the market including Sony with its Walkman. But as Apple has done before and has done ever since, it came up with a digital solution that pretty much won the entire market.

By releasing the iPod and letting people know that they could have all their favorite songs on it and play them anytime, Apple changed history. In 2001, even the thought of having your entire music library in your pocket was a big deal. This was before the iPhone and all music streaming services, so music wasn’t a portable product, but Apple has changed all of this.

Many people have talked on social media about the day they bought their first iPod and how revolutionary it was. As a user told us here Women love technology: “It was great to be able to listen to all my music on one device without having to change tapes, like with the Sony Walkman and the minidisc player I had before.”

The spirit of the iPod lives on in Apple’s other products

Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said in a company statement, “Music has always been part of our core at Apple, bringing it to hundreds of millions of users in the way iPod impacted more than just the music industry — it also redefined how music is discovered, listened to and shared.”

“Today, the spirit of the iPod lives on. We have integrated an incredible music experience into all our products, from the iPhone to the Apple Watch to HomePod mini, and on Mac, iPad and Apple TV,” he continued.

“And Apple Music delivers industry-leading sound quality with support for Spatial Audio — there’s no better way to enjoy, discover and experience music,” he said. Apple says the iPod Touch will be available while supplies last.

The original iPod had a capacity of 5 GB and was later offered with a memory of 10 GB. In January 2004, Apple released the iPod Mini in multiple colors and then the iPod became a phenomenal success.

It was followed by the iPod Nano, while the classic iPod expanded to 120 GB. In 2005 we would see the iPod shuffle for the first time. But it was in 2007, when Apple introduced the iPhone, that was the beginning of the end for the iPod.

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