Apple’s innovative and groundbreaking portable iPod music player will no longer be in production.
The original iPod was introduced on October 23rd, 2001 and weighed 6.5 ounces, with 1,000-song storage and a 10-hour battery. A smaller version, the iPod nano, arrived in 2004, with a second generation in 2006. The iPod touch made its debut on September 5th, 2007, bringing iPhone’s Multi-Touch interface and 3.5-inch widescreen display to iPod models. Other models include the iPod Mini, 2012’s iPod nano update with 5.4mm, 2.5-inch display, and the miniature iPod shuffle, arriving in 2005.
The latest and last model of iPod touch devices hit markets in 2019. It features the new A10 Fusion chip, AR capability, Group FaceTime, and 256GB of storage.
Most Apple consumers now usually choose an iPhone over an iPod, which can store a whole music library. Alternatively, streaming with Apple Music gives users access to over 90 million songs, saving space on the device.
In a statement, Apple Worldwide Marketing Senior VP Greg Joswiak explained the discontinuation. “Today, the spirit of iPod lives on,” he wrote. “We’ve integrated an incredible music experience across all of our products, from the iPhone to the Apple Watch to HomePod mini, and across Mac, iPad, and Apple TV. And Apple Music delivers industry-leading sound quality with support for spatial audio — there’s no better way to enjoy, discover, and experience music.”
The Apple Watch runs for $279, the iPad starts at $329, and the HomePod mini costs $99.
The iPod touch is available through apple.com, Apple Store locations, and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last.