Apple has discontinued the iPod greater than twenty years after it was once introduced.
The latest iteration of the song participant, the iPod Contact, has no longer been up to date since 2019, and lots of of its options are actually to be had on different merchandise.
Apple mentioned it could proceed to promote the Contact, the one era of the iPod nonetheless on sale, “whilst provides remaining”.
The iPod was once launched in 2001, and was once the primary MP3 participant able to storing 1,000 songs. Except for the Contact, variations integrated the iPod mini, iPod Nano, and iPod Shuffle.
Through 2011, Apple held a 70% international marketplace proportion in MP3 avid gamers, and up to now greater than 400m iPods had been offered.
The corporate stopped promoting the Nano and Shuffle, its remaining standalone song avid gamers, in 2017, and business mavens had lengthy predicted the Contact would apply given the superiority of the iPhone and different smartphones that can be utilized to hear song.
Later variations of the Contact increasingly more resembled smartphones, permitting customers to take pictures, ship emails and make video calls.
In a remark pronouncing the discontinuation, Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice-president of globally advertising, mentioned the “spirit of iPod lives on”.
“Song has all the time been a part of our core at Apple, and bringing it to masses of hundreds of thousands of customers in the way in which iPod did impacted extra than simply the song business – it additionally redefined how song is found out, listened to, and shared,” he mentioned.