More than 20 years ago Apple introduced a rectangular device called the iPod that could hold up to 1,000 songs and could fit in your pocket. Considered “the world’s coolest MP3 player” at the time of PCMag’s debut, the device soon became a status symbol that changed the way people listened to music.
Now the music on iPod with Apple has stopped. Proverb On Tuesday, we announced that we were discontinuing the iPod Touch. People can still get their hands on the product, but only as long as supply lasts, the company said.
Apple said in a statement that the reason was because other devices had integrated music into the feature. The iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and HomePod mini all replicate iPod’s music streaming capabilities, the company notes.
“Today, the spirit of the iPod lives on,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of global marketing in a statement.
On social media, fans of the iPod mourned the device’s discontinuance, recalling when they bought their first music player.
One Twitter user wrote, “The first technology purchase, iPod touch 2nd gen, RIP.”
Introduced in 2001 by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, the device also helped reinvent Apple by extending the company’s product line beyond computers. Six years later, Jobs introduced the iPhone.“Like having your life in your pocket.”
Apple previously discontinued previous versions of the iPod, such as the iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano, leaving the 2019 iPod touch as the only device in its line of dedicated music players. However, sales of iPods have declined since peaking in 2008 as consumers shifted to streaming music from their smartphones and other devices. according to to insiders.