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Apple iPod: Apple iPod era ended, the company stopped production of its most famous music gadget

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Highlights

  • The first iPod was launched 21 years ago on 23 October 2001.
  • Its popularity has waned since the launch of the iPhone in 2007.
  • Started phasing out iPod models from 2014

Disappointing news has come for the music lovers all over the world. Famous tech company Apple has decided to stop production of its most popular music gadget iPod.

The company first launched the iPod in 2001. The MP3 era was a big change for the CD and cassette-dependent music industry at that time. However, after a few years of launch, with the advent of the smartphone, its sheen started to fade.

Apple made a big announcement saying that now the company will no longer produce iPods. The company has officially announced the discontinuation of the product. But if you still want to buy this iconic device, iPods will be available at Apple stores until stock lasts.

Started 21 years ago

After the 90s, when the world was entering the new millennium, the music industry was dependent on cassettes, CDs, DVDs, and was hit hard by piracy. The Apple iPod converted music into digital format. The iPod was launched 21 years ago on 23 October 2001. Now neither a CD player nor a Walkman was needed. The Chotu Se Gadget was the first MP3 player capable of storing over 1,000 songs and a 10-hour battery life. And could take it anywhere on the go.

ipod will live on iphone

“The iPod has redefined the way we listen, discover and share music,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. He said that all the company’s products that come with Apple Music, the iPod will live on.

Know why the iPod had to be turned off

Apple’s iPod enjoyed tremendous success in the early years after 2001. Dozens of versions of the iPod have been released, but their popularity has waned since the iPhone’s launch in 2007. Now Apple Music has taken its place in the iPhone.

2014 was the beginning of the end

Within a decade of the iPhone’s arrival, the iPod’s luster began to fade. The company began to phase out iPod models from 2014. In 2014, the company stopped making the iPod Classic. In 2017, the smallest music players were the iPod nano and iPod shuffle.

iPod Journey

  • The first iPod was launched 21 years ago on 23 October 2001.
  • The company’s founder and CEO Steve Jobs launched the iPod mini on January 6, 2004 at the Macworld Conference in San Francisco.
  • Nano (second generation) was launched on 25 September 2006. It was capable of storing 2,000 songs.
  • The iPod touch was launched on September 5, 2007. In this, Apple had brought multi-touch interface. It had a 3.5 inch widescreen display.
  • Nano (7th generation) was introduced on 12 September 2012.
  • The iPod Shuffle (4th generation) was introduced on July 15, 2015. It had 2GB of storage and a VoiceOver button.
  • Apple introduced the iPod Shuffle (4th generation) on July 15, 2015.
  • The A10 Fusion chip was given in iPod touch (7th generation) on 28 May 2019.
  • The iPod was last updated in 2019.

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Shivam Bangwal

Shivam Bangwal is an Indian based entrepreneur who is a tech, travel and coding enthusiast with a post graduation degree on Master's of Computer Applications. He is a founder of Youthistaan, People News Chronicle, Hitchhike TV, Branding Panther and many more.
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