iPod has Been Officially Retired by Apple, which is certain to happen, it was only a matter of time. Apple has officially announced that they would be discontinuing their iconic portable music player line in a press release that celebrated the iPod’s history. But they also made it clear that its DNA would continue to live on in a variety of other Apple products, that includes the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Home Pod, and the Apple Watch.
iPod has Been Retired by Apple Officially
Well, this keyline has more or less announced that it’s discontinuing its iconic portable music player line in a press release that celebrated the iPod’s history and made it clear that it would live on in a variety of other Apple products, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac, HomePod, and Apple Watch.
However, this keyline does the cementing of the future of the iconic music player, “iPod touch would be available while supplies last.”
The Apple store no longer offers a direct link to the remaining iPod version, but if you search for the “iPod Touch” in the Apple Store, you would be taken the iPod touch page. Even there, above the product name, there is a gray text that states, “While Supplies Last.”
Recreating the History of Music
When Apple first launched the iPod on October 23, 2001, it highlighted the “MP3 Music Player’s” ability to hold 1,000 songs in your pocket.” While its mechanical scroll wheel and tiny monochrome screen might actually seem quaint by today’s standards, the first iPod came as a revelation that brought about a portable revolution.
It was the first and most successfully MP3 player that lead to an entirely whole line of iPods and millions of units sold.
And the introduction of the Apple’s iPhone in 2007, which combined the features of the iPod with a Phone and personal, portable information and entertainment device would certainly mark the beginning of the end for the iPod.
iPod Touch Supplies End
As Apple stated in an announcement, though, the eventual end of iPod touch supplies does not bring to a stop Apple’s Music aspirations.
“Music has always been a part of our core here at Apple and bringing it to hundreds of millions of users in the way that the iPod did impact more than just the music industry, it also gave a new definition to how music was discovered, shared and listened to,” said Apple SVP of worldwide marketing Greg Joswiak in the release, adding, “Today, the spirit of iPod lives on.”
And by “living on” Apple points out to consumers to all its other music-capable products, especially those that look more like the AirPod Pros, which support spatial audio – a capability that never arrived on the iPod.
Bringing an end to the iPod touch productions might also benefit Apple in a different way. The company is a component supply-constrained for most of its gadgets, which include iPods and iPhones. Not creating more iPods might actually help clear a path for more available components on the lines Apple will continue to build and sell.
iPod Price Currently
At the moment, you can purchase the iPod at $199 for the 32 GB (up to #399 for 256 GB) but that might not last long. Seeing as the device is coming to an end, people might be on the run to get their hand on the device.