Apple discontinues iPod

Apple discontinues iPod, 20 years after it was released

   The iPod, the first MP3 player that could store 1,000 songs and had 10-hour battery life, transformed how we listen to music. Apple said its iconic music player had now been made redundant by phones that could also play music. 

The iPod was first released by Apple in 2001

Apple discontinues the iPod, 20 years after its release.

The American technology giant says its music player defining the image has been replaced by other devices, so the iPod is redundant.

Greg Joswiak, Apple's senior vice president of global marketing, said: "The spirit of the iPod continues today.

""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."

"And Apple Music delivers industry-leading sound quality with support for spatial audio - there's no better way to enjoy, discover, and experience music."

In October 2001, Steve Jobs debuted the original iPod which was the first MP3 player with a capacity of 1,000 songs and a battery life of 10 hours. 

"With iPod, Apple has invented a whole new category of digital music player that lets you put your entire music collection in your pocket and listen to it wherever you go," he said at the time.

"With iPod, listening to music will never be the same again."

Similar MP3 players released by Microsoft and Sony have not had the same success as the iPod.

Apple has released five versions of its music player - Classic, Touch, Shuffle, Mini, and Nano.

The company has been slowly killing its line of iPods in recent years with mobile phone technology that allows customers to listen to music on their phones.

The classic click wheel model was discontinued in 2014, and Shuffle and Nano were killed three years later.

The seventh-generation iPod touch is the only model still on sale today.

Without an iPod, according to its inventor Tony Fadell, there would be no iPhone or iPod.
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