After 20 years, Apple says goodbye to the iPod

Apple is ditching the iPod more than 20 years after the device became the face of portable music and kick-started its rapid evolution into the world’s largest company.

The iPod Touch, the only version of the portable music player still being sold, will be available while supplies last, Apple said in a blog post on Tuesday.

Since its launch in 2001, the iPod has faced a storm of competing music players before being eclipsed by smartphones, online music streaming, and within the Apple pantheon, by the rise of the iPhone.

The current version of the iPod, the Touch, has been on sale since 2007. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The iPod has gone through several iterations since its inception with a scroll wheel, the capacity to store 1,000 songs, and a 10-hour battery life. The version performed so far – the iPod Touch – was launched in 2007, the same year as the iPhone.

Apple stopped reporting iPod sales in 2015.

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