Apple has announced it is discontinuing the iPod 21 years after the device was first launched.
The company said the iPod has become redundant due to the accessibility of the music experience across its other products.
“Today, the spirit of iPod lives on,” Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing – Greg Joswiak – said.
“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.
“And Apple Music delivers industry-leading sound quality with support for spatial audio – there’s no better way to enjoy, discover, and experience music.”
When the first iPod launched in 2001, it was the first MP3 player to store 1,000 tracks and had a 10 hour battery life.
There have been various models of the iPod over the years such as the Classic, Shuffle, Mini and Nano. The iPod touch – which was last updated in 2019 – is the last model to be discontinued.
Apple has said it will remain available to buy “while stocks last”.
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