It’s official, the iPod is now discontinued. Over the later 21 years since its introduction in 2001, an estimated 450 million units have been sold worldwide.
Initially, Steve Jobs introduced the first iPod as a tool to channel users onto the iTunes platform. With a 5GB capacity and Apple’s minimalist design, the iPod gradually established itself as the go-to MP3 player.
Over this time period, the iPod rode many design trends. It slowly evolved from the firewire and brimstone days to the touchscreen era. Apple slowly diversified the range from the original iPod(which later returned as the iPod Classic). This gave birth to the iPod mini, iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, and iPod Touch – each aimed at fulfilling a different user’s specific needs.
The iPod Touch is now discontinued
The role of the iPod and iTunes was also pivotal in terms of the profound effect on the music industry. Revenue plummeted at the end of the 1990s and platforms like Napster and KazaA showed the world how easily music could be pirated and shared.
However, it was the growth of iTunes users on both Windows and Mac that convinced the major record companies that digital download was a viable option for distribution. In this process, Apple also solidified itself as a brand. Being closely synonymous with music kept it relevant over the years – and the iPod was a big part of this.
So all being said, be sure to get hold of an iPod before they become a vintage collector’s item with an outlandish price tag. Once the current stocks are sold they are out of production for good, so we’ll have to consider alternatives like the latest iPhone models, the Apple Watch, the iPad, or the HomePod Mini.
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