Apple Discontinues iPod Touch, Officially Killing iPod

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Photograph, Matt Buchanan/Gizmodo

RIP iPod. It was a hell of a journey.

Apple at present introduced that provides for the iPod Contact, the final remaining iPod, would solely be accessible whereas provides final, marking the tip of a 20-year period for the devoted transportable music participant.

For a lot of, the iPod was the gateway to digital music. However in the identical method that it helped kill the CD, the iPod’s days grew to become numbered the second Steve Jobs stepped on stage in 2007 to disclose the iPhone, which the Apple co-founder described as a mix of a “widescreen iPod with contact controls,” a cell phone, and an web communicator.

When it was first revealed by Jobs in 2001, the unique iPod was described as a transportable arduous drive with CD-quality music that allow you to buy songs at a low value and retailer them in your pocket. It is arduous to make that sound revolutionary in at present’s world, nevertheless it was groundbreaking at a time when folks have been carrying round CD gamers, altering out discs to go from one album to a different.

“With iPod, Apple has invented an entire new class of digital music participant that allows you to put your whole music assortment in your pocket and take heed to it wherever you go,” Jobs mentioned. “With iPod, listening to music won’t ever be the identical once more.”

The iPod went via numerous iterations, giving prospects extra transportable choices for utilizing on a run or on the fitness center, but in addition bigger ones with bigger screens (for the time) for simpler navigation. With every passing yr, Apple whittled down its choices by killing off the iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, and iPod Mini. For the previous few years, all that remained was the iPod contact. Now, it too will meet its finish.

A tool I nonetheless maintain near my coronary heart is a third Gen Nano, a stumpy rectangle with a tiny show and that signature white dial. I keep in mind blowing my eardrums out listening with these horrible included earbuds to emo bands like Circa Survive, Loss of life Cab for Cutie, or Taking Again Sunday. Hell, I nonetheless take heed to a number of the artists I found whereas flipping via iTunes. All of us have our favourite iPods, For my colleague Andrew Liszewski, it is the screen-less iPod Shuffle, for its primary design and easy performance.

If you wish to personal the present final surviving iPodthe iPod contact remains to be accessible for $199 on Apple’s web site, In any other case, let’s pour out some drinks on the iPod’s wake and chat about our iPod reminiscences.

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