Say Goodbye to the iPod as Apple Stops Production after 20 Years

Apple, the leading tech giant has announced that it will stop the production of the iPod Touch, the last model in the lineup of portable music players. The company, in a news post, stated that it will continue to sell the last batch of the current Touch “while supplies last.”

 Although the production of the coveted Apple product has stopped, the company says that “the spirit of the iPod will continue to live on” across all devices that support music including the iPad, iPhone, and the HomePod Mini. As the iPod Touch enters its final leg, it will mark the end of an era. Apple rolled out the first-ever iPod a couple of decades ago. 

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iPod’s Journey and why Apple has stopped production

As mentioned above, a farewell to the iPod marks the end of a glorious era for music enthusiasts. The first iPod which was equipped with FireWire served as a portable music player. Since then, Apple has launched different models that were more or less exclusive for audio listening until 2017. The company stopped making the iPod Nano and Shuffle in July 2017. 

Since then, the iPod Touch has amassed a fan following of iPod enthusiasts, who have embraced the device as a “new classic music player”. Besides, it has also been appreciated by users who were looking for an iPhone-like experience without owning an actual iPhone. 

There is no doubt that the iPod Touch had a commendable following. However, Apple’s announcement does not come as a surprise. The latest 7th generation iPod Touch was introduced to the world in 2019 via a press release. While Apple also launched the iPhone 11 that year, the iPod Touch was powered by the A10 processor (used in iPhone 7). 

The sixth-generation iPod was released in 2015. Although a lot of users were wishing for a neat, tidy, and simple music device that was built for streaming, that was not the case. Besides, even the time span between the releases of these devices had made it evident that Apple was not looking to invest a lot of time in the iPod. 

It is difficult to blame Apple for its dwindling interest in the iPod as consumer behavior has changed over the past decade. Users are not interested in carrying another device that does something their smartphones can do. Tony Fadell, one of the developers of the first iPod said that the entire team was aware of the fact that the iPhone’s popularity would eventually overtake that of the iPod. 

It is clear that we will no longer see a new version of the iPod. While many people from around the world are soaking in the news with a pinch of salt, it is probably the right thing to do.

What are your thoughts? Which was your favorite version of the iPod? Leave your comments below and share your thoughts with us. 

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Karandeep V

Karandeep V

Karandeep was born in Pune, Maharashtra, an upcoming metropolitan city in the Western region of India. While most members of his family are engineers, he had different ideas. He was more inclined toward exploring the non-technical aspects of a business, which is why he studied Bachelors of Business Administration at Symbiosis International University, Pune.  Having said that, his love for new and upcoming technologies remained intact, which is why he has written extensively about technology throughout his career. After a brief stint with a gaming company at the beginning of his career, he discovered that his love for writing was not temporary.  Being a tech geek, he always liked installing and playing around with new applications on his mobile devices and the home desktop. He was fascinated by how technology can simplify even the most mundane and complex tasks with just a few commands. He keeps a close eye on how businesses use different tools to streamline their operations to boost productivity and efficiency. At ToolsMetric, he writes product reviews that cover the main features and specifications of different enterprise applications. The sheer amount of innovation and hard work that goes into building these tech solutions is one of the reasons why Karandeep loves reviewing these tools. Besides product reviews, he also writes interesting news articles and blogs that track the latest developments in the tech industry.  When he is not writing, you can find him rooted to his seat playing video games, watching movies, or supporting his favorite football team. Since his childhood, he has always loved to travel and explore new places. Traveling is a major part of his life due to a myriad of reasons such as experiencing new cultures, food, and traditions. His other hobbies include playing football, cooking, and running.  You can find him on LinkedIn here.

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