Apple discontinues the iPod touch, officially ending the iPod line
Apple has announced that beginning today, the company is retiring the iPod line by discontinuing the last remaining iPod – the iPod touch, putting an end to the iPod range of products that launched more than 20 years ago.
“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,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing in a press release on Tuesday.
“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. And Apple Music delivers industry-leading sound quality with support for spatial audio — there’s no better way to enjoy, discover, and experience music.”
Apple released the very first iPod in 2003, launching as the first MP3 player to store 1,000 songs. Following the launch of the release of the iPod mini in 2004 and the iPod nano in 2006, Apple unveiled the very first iPod touch in 2007, featuring a 3.5-inch widescreen MultiTouch display, becoming the most popular iPod in the lineup.
Apple quietly discontinued the iPod nano and iPod shuffle in 2017, leaving the iPod touch as the only remaining iPod in the range.
Apple will continue to sell the iPod touch while supplies through apple.com, Apple Store locations, and Apple Authorized Resellers.