Finish of an period: Apple discontinues it is final iPod mannequin

Apple Inc.’s iPod, a groundbreaking system that upended the music and electronics industries greater than 20 years in the past, is not any extra. 

The corporate introduced that it could discontinue the iPod Contact, the final remnant of a product line that first went on sale in October 2001. The touch-screen mannequin, which launched in 2007, will stay on sale till provides run out.

Apple launched dozens of variations of the iPod through the years, however the product was steadily eclipsed by its different gadgets, particularly the iPhone. That led the corporate to start phasing out fashions in 2014. On the time, the corporate stopped making the iPod basic, a model with a click on wheel and a small display that was most just like the unique model. In 2017, Apple stopped making its smallest music gamers, the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle.

The iPod Contact — common as a less expensive various to the iPhone — held on a couple of extra years. The system was final up to date in 2019 and value $199. Evaluate that with the most cost effective iPhone in Apple’s portfolio: the SE, which prices $429. 

However with so many different methods to get music, Apple now not sees the product as mandatory.

“We’ve built-in an unimaginable music expertise throughout all of our merchandise, from the iPhone to the Apple Watch to HomePod mini, and throughout Mac, iPad, and Apple TV,” stated Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vp of worldwide advertising and marketing. 

Launched by Steve Jobs, the iPod was credited with serving to to show Apple from an almost bankrupt firm to an eventual $3 trillion behemoth. The iPod set the stage for the event of the iPhone, iPad, and AirPods — merchandise that now make up most of Apple’s income. 

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