Apple showing some iPod touch configurations as ‘sold out’ after announcing the product is being axed
It wouldn’t be too far-fetched to imagine that the iPod has probably been sold more over the past 24 hours than it has done for the past several years. Apple announced on Tuesday that after more than 20 years, the company was pulling the plug on the music lineup by discontinuing the last reaming model in the range – the iPod touch.
Following yesterday’s announcement, the online Apple Store and multiple Apple resellers are now showing some iPod touch configurations as “Sold Out” after Apple said it would be retiring the model fully when the last remaining stocks are sold.
In the United States, Apple has now sold out all 256GB iPod touch models on the official online Apple Store, with the lower-priced (PRODUCT)RED 128GB model also sold out, with other models and storage configurations starting to disappear from retailer’s shelves following the recent announcement.
“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.