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It’s goodbye to the iPod after 21 good years

It’s been 21 years since Steve Jobs took to the stage to talk about Apple’s response to digital music, saying it was a “revolutionary device” and “it’s not a Mac”. Well, last week Apple released a statement saying it had decided to cease production of the latest iPod model, marking the end of an era for the gadget that helped shape the listening experience. music of millions of people.

Looking at the numbers, Apple sold over 400 million iPod units and it’s easy to see that it was one of the most beloved digital devices ever made. When the first iPod was launched in 2001, it could store 1,000 tracks and that seemed revolutionary at the time. But technology has moved on and today there are over 90 million songs on Apple’s streaming service.

The iPod Touch was designed by the same team at Apple that later invented the iPhone. Of course, it was the iPhone that quickly eclipsed the iPod. As Apple said, “the spirit of the iPod lives on in other products.”

There have been various iPod models over the years, including the Nano and the Shuffle, but the iPod Touch, released in 2007, is the latest model to be discontinued.

The first iPod model was revealed by Apple boss Steve Jobs in typical Apple style in 2001. To great fanfare, Jobs introduced the iPod, while wearing his jeans and turtleneck black.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the very first iPod on October 23, 2001, with the promise of a “revolutionary digital device – it’s not a Mac.”

Even the invites for the launch event said, “Hint: It’s not a Mac.” At the time digital music was on the rise and there were other digital music players on the market including Sony with its Walkman. But as Apple has done before and since, it came out with a digital solution that pretty much took over the entire market.

By releasing the iPod and letting people know that they could store all their favorite songs on it and be able to listen to them anytime, Apple changed history. Back in 2001, even thinking you could have your entire music library in your pocket was a huge deal. This was before the iPhone and all music streaming services, so music was not a portable product, but Apple changed everything.

Many people have taken to social media, talking about the day they bought their first iPod and how revolutionary it was. As one user told us here at Women love technology: “It was amazing to be able to listen to all my music on one device without having to switch tapes like you would have had to with the Sony Walkman and the mini record player I had before.”

The spirit of the iPod lives on in other Apple products

Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said in a company statement, “Music has always been at our core at Apple and has brought it to hundreds of millions of Apple users. how the iPod has impacted more than the music industry, it has also redefined the way music is discovered, listened to and shared.

“Today, the spirit of the iPod lives on. We’ve built an incredible music experience into all of our products, from iPhone to Apple Watch to HomePod mini, and across Mac, iPad and Apple TV,” he continued.

“And Apple Music delivers industry-leading sound quality with support for Spatial Audio – there’s no better way to enjoy, discover and experience music,” he said. Apple announces that the iPod Touch will be available while supplies last.

The original iPod had a capacity of 5 GB and was later offered with a memory of 10 GB. In January 2004, Apple released the iPod Mini in multiple colors and that’s when the iPod became a phenomenal success.

It was followed by the iPod Nano while the classic iPod extended up to 120 GB. In 2005, we would see the iPod shuffle for the first time. But it was in 2007, when Apple introduced the iPhone, that it was the beginning of the end for the iPod.

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