SAN FRANCISCO, May 11-Apple announced yesterday that it will no longer make iPods, the trend-setting MP3 player that is changing how people get music and produce the iPhone.
Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs introduced the devices nearly 21 years ago with his legendary showmanship flare, and the small, easy-to-operate players helped the company change how it was sold. the music.
It packs “an inspiring 1,000 songs” that the company said at the time, and together with Apple’s iTunes shop built a new distribution model for the music industry.
Purchasing complete vinyl albums provides a way to pay 99 cents per piece for selected digital songs.
Industry trackers and California-based Apple have long recognized that the do-it-all iPhone will eat up sales of a trick device like iPod MP3 players.
The trend of streaming music services, including one by Apple, is making devices designed solely for bringing digital tones around less attractive for consumers.
Apple said in a blog post that the current generation of iPods will only be available as long as there are supplies available today.
“Music has always been part of our core at Apple, and bringing it to hundreds of millions of users in a way that the iPod has impacted more than the music industry,” said Apple senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Greg Joswiak .
“It also changes how music is discovered, listened to, and shared.”
Joswiak said the “spirit of the iPod” lives on in its line of products including the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and its HomePod smart speaker.
“Since its introduction more than 20 years ago, the iPod has attracted users around the world who love the ability to carry their music with them on the go,” Apple said in a blog post.
“Today, the experience of getting someone’s music library around the world is blended into Apple’s product line – from the iPhone and Apple Watch to the iPad and Mac.”
In addition, Apple Music’s subscription service provides streaming access to more than 90 million songs, the Silicon Valley giant said.
The iPod has endured despite analysts worried that the release of the iPhone in 2007 will break demand, as smartphones provide more than just digital music.
The news at the end of the line for the iPod prompted a sad, nostalgic Twitter post.
“Damn … low-key a little sad to see that Apple has officially discontinued the iPod from today,” said a fire tweet from the verified @MrDalekJD account of a UK Gaming YouTuber.
“This thing has changed the music game forever. RIP. ” – AFP