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Apple Announces End of the iPod

Nothing lasts forever, and the Apple iPod which started a revolution in music and personal audio is finally being retired.

Apple iPod touch (7th generation) End of Life Angle

One thing you can count on with gadgets is that sooner or later, they become obsolete and are retired to gadget heaven. Apple has announced that it ending the iPod product after 21 years. It is definitely an end of an era. 

The original iPod was introduced on October 23, 2001. In a crowd of MP3 players at the time, it was the first to have the ability to store up to 1,000 songs and provide a 10-hour battery in a 6.5-inch size gadget that you could put in a shirt pocket.

Apple iPod (1st generation)
The original iPod, introduced on October 23, 2001, was the first MP3 player to pack a mind-blowing 1,000 songs and a 10-hour battery into a stunning 6.5-ounce package.

Over the course of the past 21 years, the iPod evolved with expanded storage capacity and was also the foundation for spin-offs and variations, such as the iPod Nano, Mini, Shuffle, Video iPod, and iPod Touch. Of course, other companies tried to “horn in” on Apple’s success, remember the Zune Player?

Let’s face it, if it weren’t for the iPod, we might not have had the iPhone in the same time frame it was introduced in – or other smartphones or that matter. All of which now include more music playback capability than any iPod or related device offered.

Apple products that replace the iPod
2022 Apple product line includes iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods to HomePod mini, iPad, and Mac.

Today, the iPod experience has been integrated across Apple’s product line — from iPhone and Apple Watch to iPad and Mac — along with access to more than 90 million songs and over 30,000 playlists available via Apple Music

However, for iPod fans, the story is quite over yet as Apple is still making the latest version of the iPod Touch available as long as supplies last

Apple iPod touch (7th generation) End of Life
Apple iPod touch (7th generation) was introduced on May 28, 2019. It is still selling until supplies last.

Ecoustics has followed the iPod story since the beginning and there are dozens of archived articles about iPods, iPod variants, iPod docks, iPod music systems, and anything else you want to know about the iPod on our site. Just go to our search bar and type in “IPOD”.

Do you still own and use an iPod or one of its related devices for music listening? If so, comment below and tell us your story, such as when you purchased your first one and what you like and/or didn’t like about it. 

Notable iPods

Apple iPod mini
iPod mini, introduced on February 20, 2004, brought everything users loved about iPod into a smaller design at just 3.6 ounces.
Apple iPod nano 2006
iPod nano (2nd generation), introduced on September 25, 2006, offered a thin design, a bright color display, six stylish colors, and up to 24 hours of battery life, and put up to 2,000 songs in users’ pockets.
Apple iPod touch
iPod touch, first introduced on September 5, 2007, brought the revolutionary Multi-Touch interface that made iPhone a hit to iPod with a gorgeous 3.5-inch widescreen display.
Apple iPod nano 2015
iPod nano (7th generation), introduced on September 12, 2012, was the thinnest iPod to date at just 5.4mm and featured a 2.5-inch Multi-Touch display.
Apple iPod Shuffle
iPod shuffle (4th generation), introduced on July 15, 2015, offered a sleek design with up to 15 hours of battery life, 2GB of storage good for hundreds of songs, and a VoiceOver button to hear a song title, playlist name, or battery status.

Apple iPod mini (2nd Generation, 2005)

Apple iPod shuffle (Original, 1st Generation, 2005)

Apple New iPod (2006)

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Apple iPod shuffle (2nd Generation, 2006)

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Apple iPod classic (2007)

Apple Introduces iPod touch (1st Generation, 2007)

Apple iPod shuffle 2GB (2008)

Apple iPod touch (2008)

Apple iPod Shuffle (3rd Generation, 2009)

Apple iPod nano (6th Generation, 2010)

Apple iPod nano Update (6th Generation, 2011)

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  1. Steven Denfeld

    May 12, 2022 at 3:34 am

    This hits surprisingly deep for me. My first and only iPod was the Video iPod and it outlasted the Shure IEMs I bought with it. In fact, if I had a new 32-pin charger, it’d still work just fine. I made so many playlists and expanded my overall music consciousness through that device. Though it was my only iPod, the lasting impact it made on me is immeasurable. RIP

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