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Apple stops production of cult device

After more than 20 years, it’s time to say goodbye. An Apple device, which was first launched in 2001, will no longer be produced with immediate effect. More precisely, it’s about the well-known iPod.

Almost every smartphone user uses a streaming service. Be it Apple Music or even Spotify. But 20 years ago, the world looked very different. Discman and MP3 players were all the rage. However, they weren’t particularly handy and didn’t have much storage space – until the first iPod was introduced in 2001. It was a small and practical music gadget that fit in any pocket and had five gigabytes of memory to start with.

iPod has always been developed further

Apple’s first generation iPod was only compatible with the Mac. But over time, the Cupertino-based tech company continued to evolve the music companion, eventually producing five different models: the classic iPod, iPod mini, iPod nano, iPod shuffle and iPod touch. While the first classic iPod only had five gigabytes of memory, the seventh-generation iPod touch was even equipped with 256 gigabytes.

Below, you can watch the keynote of the first iPod again in the video. Former CEO Steve Jobs explains the features and benefits of the little gadget. From today’s point of view, these are self-evident, but for that time they were almost revolutionary.

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However, over the years, it was discovered that Apple’s iPods would not have a future sooner or later. Streaming services became more and more the norm and portable music players became obsolete as a result. This is one of the reasons why Apple announced on its newsroom page that production would be discontinued effective immediately. Any remaining iPods will still be sold while supplies last. After that, they will probably be offered as collector’s items on various sales sites.


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