Apple said customers could continue to purchase the iPod Touch “while stocks last.” The company also noted that customers can now listen to their favorite songs from a number of other Apple devices, including the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.
“Music has always been part of our core at Apple, and giving it to hundreds of millions of users the way the iPod has affected not only the music industry – it has also redefined the way music is discovered, listened to and shared,” said Greg Yosviak, Apple’s senior vice president. global marketing, said in a statement.
“Today, the spirit of the iPod lives on,” added Yosvyak, advertising how the musical experience that opened the iPod was integrated into “all our products.”
First introduced by co-founder and then-CEO Steve Jobs in 2001, the iPod helped start Apple’s huge success in the field of portable devices. The iPod has attracted customers with its branded scroll wheel and initial promise to keep “up to 1,000 songs as CDs” on the device in your pocket. By mid-2007, more than 100 million iPods had been sold.
In the same year, Apple introduced the iPhone, which was largely the spiritual successor to the iPod Touch. The smartphone and other Apple devices that followed eventually made the iPod feel a relic of the past, long before it was officially discontinued.
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