Apple has announced it is discontinuing its music player, the iPod Touch, bringing to an end a device widely praised for revolutionising how people listen to music.
When the first iPod was launched in 2001, it could store 1,000 tracks. Today there are more than 90 million songs on Apple’s streaming service.
The iPod Touch was designed by Tony Fadell, who later invented the iPhone, which quickly overshadowed the iPod.
Apple last updated the iPod in 2019.
There have been various iPod models over the years – including the nano and shuffle – but the iPod Touch, which was released in 2007, paved the way for the iPhone, and is the last model to be discontinued.
Apple says it will remain available to buy “while stocks last”.
The gadget had “redefined how music is discovered, listened to, and shared”, Greg Joswiak, the senior vice-president of worldwide marketing at Apple said.
iPod fans have taken to social media to share their thoughts on the news and their memories connected with the music devices.
To me, the IPOD is the most innovative product of our lifetimes. It led to the changes in the way we communicate, function, and collaborate. It was not 1st in class but it was the most efficient.
Heck of a run IPOD! @Apple
— Bhrett McCabe, PhD (@DrBhrettMcCabe) May 10, 2022