Apple Inc. announced Tuesday that it will end sales of the iPod, more than 20 years after the device became the face of portable music.
The iPod Touch, the only version of the portable music player still on the market, will be available while supplies last, Apple said in a blog post on Tuesday https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2022/ 05/the-music-lives-on.
Since its launch in 2001, the iPod has taken competing music players by storm before being eclipsed by smartphones, online music streaming and, within the Apple pantheon, the rise of the iPhone.
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The iPod has gone through several iterations since its inception, featuring a scroll wheel, the ability to store 1,000 songs, and a 10-hour battery life.
The version that has been carried to date – the iPod Touch – was launched in 2007, the same year as the iPhone.
Apple stopped reporting iPod sales in 2015.