The era of the iPod is gradually coming to an end. In an internal memo, obtained by MacRumors, Apple notified its authorized service providers that several iPod models will be listed as obsolete at the end of this month, September 30.
The tech giant considers those products obsolete which it had stopped distributing for sale over 7 years ago. As the company discontinues all hardware services for obsolete products, service providers can not order parts for obsolete products.
Here are the soon-to-be-obsolete iPod models
According to the report, the following models are going to be listed as obsolete this month:
- iPod shuffle (late 2012)
- iPod nano (7th generation)
- iPod touch (5th-generation: 32GB /64GB)
The original iPod was launched in 2001 as a portable device designed for music lovers to take their favorite beats wherever they went. Now, with music integrated across Apple devices, the company finally bid adieu to iPod after 20 years. In 2017, Apple discontinued the iPod nano and shuffle, and in May 2022, it announced that the iPod touch will be available while supplies last.
At the time of the announcement, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Greg Joswiak said that iPod changed the way users enjoyed music. Although the product is gone, its spirit will live on.
“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.
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.”