The iPod is retiring – we look back

Apple has announced the end of production of the iPod. The iPod Touch should still be available while stocks last. We look back at the history of the rectangular MP3 music player. […]

The very first iPod was introduced over 20 years ago. On October 23, 2001, the MP3 music player was born. At that time, there was room for 1000 songs (in CD quality), which was still revolutionary in 2001. Also special was the so-called click-wheel, with which the device was controlled.

The original iPod also automatically synced to iTunes once the rectangular music player was connected to the computer. “With the iPod, Apple has invented a whole new category of digital music players that allow you to put your entire music collection in your pocket and listen anywhere,” Steve Jobs, then Apple CEO, was quoted as saying in a statement. “With the iPod, listening to music will never be the same again.

“Now Apple officially stops the production of the iPod.

“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, senior vice president of international marketing at Apple.

Music has always been a core part of Apple. Making it available to hundreds of millions of users in the way the iPod did has not only influenced the music industry, but also redefined how music is discovered, heard and shared, Joswiak said.

iPod Touch still available while stocks last

But fans of the MP3 player do not have to do without: customers can use the iPod Touch on apple.com , continue to buy from Apple stores or Apple authorized resellers until the stock runs out.

*Claudia Maag is an author at PCtipp.ch

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