Apple: stop production of the legendary Ipod

Apple announced this Tuesday, May 10, by press release, the end of production of the iPod, its famous digital music player which revolutionized the music industry in the early 2000s. This accessory has largely contributed to making the firm to the apple the juggernaut it is today.

“The spirit of the iPod lives on. We’ve built an incredible music experience into all of our products, from the iPhone to the Apple Watch,” Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of international marketing, said in a statement.

450 million units sold

The iPod, one of Apple’s greatest successes, was presented by Steve Jobs on October 23, 2001. This mp3 player and the iTunes software, also released in 2001, powerfully shook up the world of music by popularizing downloading legal, at the time when many sites made it possible to recover films and songs for free. At the time, putting a thousand songs in a single device was science fiction.

The product initially sold 3 million copies – a relative failure for the brand. Although beautiful and innovative, it only works with Mac computers. The team fixes this problem, allowing PC users to use it as well. The iPod then obtains the success that we know, with nearly 450 million units sold.

at the base of the iphone

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The impact of the iPod is much broader than just music. It was from this device that Apple teams worked to create the very first version of the iPhone (in 2007), and the smartphone as we know it today. During the presentation of the iPhone by Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple thus presented his first smartphone as the “mixture of an iPod, a telephone and an access point to the Internet”.

Available while supplies last

The latest model available, the iPod Touch (from 249 euros), will be available while supplies last. Equipped with a touch screen and the same processor as the iPhone 7, it was released in 2019.

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