RIP iPods (2001-2022): Apple discontinues iPod after 21 years, music fans bid adieu

The product went through many revamps over the years and literally helped Apple conquer the globe in tech and music industry.

Released in 2001, the first iPod helped Apple co-founder Steve Jobs remake the company, extending its reach from computers into other personal devices and vastly expanding Apple’s reach in the music industry.

But that was the mid-2000s — a lifetime ago in the tech industry. After years of declining sales, the US tech giant announced on Tuesday it was stopping production after 21 years.

Expectedly, the discontinuation of the gadget, which had been a trusted companion for many over the years, evoked emotional responses from people. Netizens took to both Twitter and Instagram to say goodbye with nostalgic posts.

It is safe to say that an entire generation grew up listening to music on this very handy device that gave all one sought from a music device — great sound quality and decent storage that came in the prettiest of colours and shapes. Some of their popular products include the iPod Classic, iPod Nano 7, iPod Mini 1, The Touch 7, iPod Shuffle 1  and the iPod Touch.

“Today, the spirit of the iPod lives on,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s world-wide marketing senior vice president.

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