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Apple reluctantly pulls the plug on iPods after 20 years

Apple stated that the remaining iPods in stock would still be available for purchase at its retail outlets

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Apple announced that it decided to stop further production of iPods, according to its statement today.

It added that the remaining iPods in stock would still be available for purchase via official on-line web stores or directly at Apple retail stores.

The device turned Apple from a nearly-bankrupt company into the world’s most valuable tech giant. It also paved the way for Apple’s flagship product – the iPhone. “If we didn’t do the iPod, the iPhone wouldn’t have come out,” iPod creator Tony Fadell said. “It brought Steve [Jobs] confidence that we could do something outside of the map and that we could actually continue to innovate in new areas.”

“Since its introduction over 20 years ago, iPod has captivated users all over the world who love the ability to take their music with them on the go,” the statement reads. “Today, the experience of taking one’s music library out into the world has been integrated across Apple’s product line.”

Apple iPod
Apple iPod

Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing is quoted as saying that: “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.”

“Today, the spirit of iPod lives on. We’ve integrated an incredible music experience across all of our products, from the iPhone to the Apple Watch to HomePod mini, and across Mac, iPad, and Apple TV,” Joswiak added.

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Capable of holding 1,000 CD-quality songs, the first iPod revolutionized the music industry in two major ways. For one thing, it allowed music lovers to carry their favorite albums with them at all times in their pocket. The iPod also introduced the concept of ‘shuffle’ to its users, allowing them to listen to songs at random instead of having to choose.

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