Apple has only one reason to turn off the iPod 20 years later

At the moment, for 459 euros you can buy on the Apple website the iPod Touch in any of the six colors and in three capacities (32, 128 and 256 Gb) for a price that ranges from 239 euros to 459 euros.

In a few years it will be a relic, just like the first iPod models that appeared in stores 20 years ago. From 2001 to 2007 they had a great impact on society and, for many, it was the gateway to digital music. The move from CDs to mp3 files, from limits to listening to music without limits because the capacity of the first models was between 5 and 10 GB. Crazy.

The original iPod, introduced on October 23, 2001, was the first MP3 player capable of holding as many as 1,000 songs.Apple

José Ignacio laments the death of the iPod although he assumes that it is the “law of life”. In 2022 and at 38 years old, he defends himself well with his mobile and Spotify, but became so immersed in its 2005 fourth-generation iPod that it wasn’t until 2017 that it transitioned to Spotify. These are the advantages of belonging to a generation seminativa digital that moves well because it knew the analog rattles and grew up in the digital.

“I had had another simple mp3 player, but they became obsolete because the capacity increased very quickly,” he recalls the same day that Apple announced that it will sell the iPods it has in stock until they are sold out.

I spent hours transferring music from CDs to iTunes and then to iPod.Jose Ignatius, iPod user

«The design, the covers… everything was attractive and having the library centralized in iTunes It was very comfortable”, José Ignacio explains about the use.

The Spanish of 2002 closed the transition from cassette to CD. They went from collecting albums and tapes to record boxes where, for the first time, songs were in archive form.

The iPod nano, introduced on September 25, 2006, had a very slim design and colorApple

That facilitated the change to the world iPod because the Apple device did not have an Internet connection and there were no music services on streaming. Well, relative ease. José Ignacio recalls those afternoons when he looked at the computer out of the corner of his eye while he was studying Journalism. “I spent hours transferring the music from the CD to iTunes and iPod, then with the arrival of Spotify, I would look for the disc in the program and copy the list of songs, but when the disc was not there, like with movie soundtracks, it would throw from the local file that I have on my computer and uploaded it to Spotify”, he explains, almost as exhausted as that process that so many Spaniards did.

When you live the music and feel it as your own, the switch to services like Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Pandora, Amazon Music, Tidal… it’s hard. “That transition cost me a lot, but it’s a law of life,” reveals José Ignacio and explains that “it has the disadvantage that the content is never yours, a third party lends it to you and uncomfortable situations happen like the fact that the record disappeared the other day. a concert without prior notice, but the same thing happens with movies and series on other platforms.

The iPod shuffle, introduced on July 15, 2015, changed design and had 2 GB of storageApple

The iPod Classic there were six generations with capacities reaching 160 GB. Then came the Mini with two models. The Nano He was one of those who had the most acceptance and that he shared life with him iPhone with seven generations. The Shuffle, small and without a screen, had four models and a capacity of 2 GB. The Touch He is the one who certifies his death. any of your seven models It has been able to be used as a mobile because its design was almost identical with a cap of 256 GB.

iPod nano, introduced on September 12, 2012, was the thinnest iPod to date at 5.4mm thinApple

Apple has understood that selling the iPod in 2022 makes no sense when iPhones can be connected to music services. Until the nostalgic they could transfer their songs to mobile and never fill 1 TB with the music of several decades.

Sales drop

But it’s the numbers that have led Apple to bury the iPod. The sales of the device have fallen by 52% in recent years. In its heyday, Apple entered 40% of the total thanks to the iPod in 2006. Although its sales peak was in 2008 with 55 million devices sold. The figure fell to 1% in 2014.

“I barely use the iPod,” admits José Ignacio. Soon no one will remember that device that did not have a power button. stop because the music never stopped forever. Until now.