After 20 years, Apple has finally announced that it will discontinue manufacturing the iPod device line. It will continue selling the device, but only while supplies last.
The last iPod device to be launched was the iPod Touch 7th generation, which was originally introduced in 2019 and featured minor upgrades from the previous iteration. It had the A10 Fusion chip found in the iPhone 7, a four-inch IPS display, an 8-megapixel camera and 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. It also came in 32, 128, and 256GB storage versions.
According to Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, “Music has always been part of our core at Apple, and bringing it to hundreds of millions of users in the way iPod did impacted more than just the music industry — it also redefined how music is discovered, listened to, and shared… today, the spirit of iPod lives on. 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…”
We imagine that the media-streaming capabilities of the iPhone, iPad, and HomePod Mini have essentially rendered the iPod’s existence as a sort of redundancy, which would make this a logical decision both from a hardware and profit standpoint.