R.I.P. – These portable music devices have lost their voice
The iPod Nano and the Shuffle have been killed by Apple. They now join a long list of obsolete portable music devices.
It’s finally time to say goodbye to the iPod.
Apple plans to discontinue the iPod Touch, marking the end of an era for the iconic musical device launched more than 20 years ago.
The tech giant will continue to sell the iPod Touch “while supplies last” on the Apple website, at Apple stores and through authorized resellers, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
“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,” Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said in a statement.
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In 2019, Apple released what would be the final version of the iPod Touch, which functions very similarly to the iPhone but without connectivity to a wireless carrier. The new Touch added support for augmented reality apps and group chat on FaceTime.
The iPod Touch starts at $199 for the 32GB model.
The iPod helped revolutionize the music industry, fueling the shift toward digital platforms. But as smartphones like the iPhone surged in popularity and supported nearly all the features in an iPod, the device became obsolete. In 2017, Apple quietly discontinued the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle models.
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