Final October marked 20 years of the iPod. It’s a outstanding run within the cutthroat, always-iterating world of client electronics. And whereas it’s undoubtedly true that life hasn’t been notably fruitful for the music participant in a product lineup that features numerous iPhones and iPads, the beloved music participant has one way or the other managed to hold on.

That is, till at the moment.

Apple this morning introduced that the iPod is dead. That is, as a lot as a specific gadget can ever be dead. Quite, it would shuffle off this mortal coil slowly, remaining on the market whereas provides final. So should you have been contemplating buying one for any purpose, purchase now or without end maintain your peace.

The iPod’s loss of life has been a protracted one. I can hear these “the iPod was nonetheless round?” posts clogging up the feedback part as I sort this. The iconic clickwheel mannequin, which later gave rise to the Basic, was discontinued again in 2014. The Shuffle and Nano, in the meantime, have been killed off three years later. Till at the moment, the seventh-generation iPod Contact stubbornly clung to life, three years after its debut.

SAN FRANCISCO – JANUARY 6, 2004: Apple CEO Steve Jobs proclaims the brand new Mini iPod accessible in 5 colours throughout a keynote handle at Macworld January 6, 2004 in San Francisco. Jobs introduced a number of new merchandise together with the brand new iLife 4 software program and the Mini iPod. (Picture by Justin Sullivan/Getty Pictures)

The first iPod debuted onstage within the hand of Steve Jobs on October 23, 2001. “With iPod, Apple has invented a complete new class of digital music participant that permits you to put your whole music assortment in your pocket and hearken to it wherever you go,” he famous on the time. “With iPod, listening to music won’t ever be the identical once more.”

Within the age of ubiquitous smartphones and Spotify, it’s exhausting to impress upon folks how revolutionary the promise of 1,000 songs in your pocket finally was. All of that was packed onto a tiny 5GB Toshiba exhausting drive and plugged right into a Mac by way of FireWire cable. Whom amongst us didn’t need to be a silhouetted determine dancing with white headphones in entrance of a brightly coloured backdrop?

With out the iPod, there’s no iPhone, no iPad. Final week, iPod and iPhone co-creator Tony Fadell walked us by that direct connection.

Picture Credit: Courtesy of Tony Fadell

“We did iPod Plus Telephone,” Fadell stated. “You took the headset, which had a microphone on it and the one ear factor. You may use the Click on Wheel to pick out numbers and names, or you would dial with it, like a rotary cellphone, which was the final word loss of life of it. You couldn’t enter something, as a result of there’s no textual enter. But it surely was an iPod Basic with a cellphone in it. Stroll it again from the third-party prototype, and we have been there, too.”

Of Jobs and the iPod/iPhone connection, he defined, “He had very clear views on issues — till they weren’t clear,” he instructed TechCrunch. “Or it turned very clear that they wouldn’t work. He pushed us very exhausting on making the iPod Plus Telephone work. We labored weeks and weeks to determine how you can do enter with the clicking wheel. We couldn’t get it, and after the entire staff was satisfied we couldn’t do it, he was like, ‘maintain making an attempt!’ In some unspecified time in the future all of us stated, ‘no, it isn’t going to work.’”

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – SEPTEMBER 22, 2005: Fashions show the newest iPod Nano at a press launch on September 22, 2005 in Seoul, South Korea. The newest launch from Apple incorporates a 4 GB mannequin with the capability to retailer as much as 1,000 songs or 25,000 pictures. The iPod Nano weighs 1.5 ounces and measures solely 3.5 x 1.6 x 0.27 inches. The 4 GB mannequin will likely be accessible on the Korean market at $290 USD and the two GB model accessible for $230 USD. (Picture by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Pictures)

When the iPhone arrived six years later, it ditched the clickwheel for a touchscreen, although the corporate was nonetheless hooked up sufficient to maintain that iconic enter machine alive by the iPod Basic. 2007 additionally noticed the debut of the iPod Contact, which drew upon the iPhone’s touchscreen design. That very same yr, the corporate introduced that it had offered its one-hundred-millionth machine.

Apple used the bittersweet event to mourn the machine’s end-of-life, whereas plugging merchandise that can maintain that flame burning.

“Music has all the time been a part of our core at Apple, and bringing it to a whole lot of thousands and thousands of customers in the best way iPod did impacted extra than simply the music {industry} — it additionally redefined how music is found, listened to, and shared,” Greg Joswiak stated in a launch. “Right this moment, the spirit of iPod lives on. We’ve built-in an unimaginable music expertise throughout all of our merchandise, from the iPhone to the Apple Watch to HomePod mini, and throughout Mac, iPad, and Apple TV. And Apple Music delivers industry-leading sound high quality with assist for spatial audio — there’s no higher option to get pleasure from, uncover, and expertise music.”

Maybe it’s time to dig by the outdated gadget drawer, mud off the iPod and see if it’s doable to resurrect it for one remaining spin. Right here’s to you, outdated pal.

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