iPod RIP

Apple has removed the iPod shuffle and nano from its website, signaling the end of the iPod era. Now the only product left with that name is the iPod touch, which runs iOS.

Ipod RIP

It’s been a great run, and this product revolutionized the way we listen to music, but the days of the carry-10,000-songs-in-your-pocket device are over, more or less. Now, it’s all in the cloud, and, while you can get a 256 GB iPhone, most people don’t use that for music.

At the same time, Apple has dropped the price on the iPod touch. Previously at $199 for 16 GB, and $399 for 128 GB, it now costs $199 for 32 GB and $299 for 128 GB. Intermediate models, at 16 and 64 GB, have been dropped.

If you search for iPod on the Apple website, you’ll get hits, but click the links for the iPod nano or shuffle and they take you to the main Music page, with the header shown above.

Ipod search

I still have an iPod shuffle, and an iPod nano, and even an old iPod classic, and I take them out and use them nostalgically every now and then, but it’s clear that the times have changed, and Apple has to move on.

Farewell iPod.

12 thoughts on “iPod RIP

  1. i use the iPod Classic in my cars to listen to my playlist. I don’t like pandora or other streaming services the auto companies want me to hear and I hate XM radio’s idea of tunes. I will miss the iPod.

  2. i use the iPod Classic in my cars to listen to my playlist. I don’t like pandora or other streaming services the auto companies want me to hear and I hate XM radio’s idea of tunes. I will miss the iPod.

  3. I was an employee at Emagic (the company that made Logic) when it was bought by Apple. At one point they gave everyone an iPod (the first generation had just been released). I listened to it all the time. When I upgraded to the third generation, my old one became the hold music server at my wife’s vet clinic. It sat there playing 24/7 for another six or seven years before the hard drive finally died. Then it got replaced with a nano which is still playing non-stop.

  4. I was an employee at Emagic (the company that made Logic) when it was bought by Apple. At one point they gave everyone an iPod (the first generation had just been released). I listened to it all the time. When I upgraded to the third generation, my old one became the hold music server at my wife’s vet clinic. It sat there playing 24/7 for another six or seven years before the hard drive finally died. Then it got replaced with a nano which is still playing non-stop.

  5. I have iPod Classic 80GB, all my music, 11.000 tracks on it, so device full!
    I still want to buy more music to store on it!
    Bought approx 12 years ago. Replaced Battery once. Works fine. Not interested in streaming music! Before it ‘dies’ on me, can you recommend another portable player, with higher capacity please? I don’t need radio, nor wish to purchase another
    iPhone, with greater storage, I already have iPhone 6 with 64GB! Thanks. T R

  6. I have iPod Classic 80GB, all my music, 11.000 tracks on it, so device full!
    I still want to buy more music to store on it!
    Bought approx 12 years ago. Replaced Battery once. Works fine. Not interested in streaming music! Before it ‘dies’ on me, can you recommend another portable player, with higher capacity please? I don’t need radio, nor wish to purchase another
    iPhone, with greater storage, I already have iPhone 6 with 64GB! Thanks. T R

  7. The iPod Classic is the ONLY iPod that will work with my BMW (2012 model) music system. Sometime last year I bought an iPod Touch to use exclusively in my car. I thought it might be quicker searching for tracks and that it might recognise playlists as well as albums and tracks (which it doesn’t even on the Classic). But the BMW doesn’t see the iPod Touch at all, so I returned it to the Apple Store and I just hope that my iPod Classic will keep working until I buy my next car!

  8. The iPod Classic is the ONLY iPod that will work with my BMW (2012 model) music system. Sometime last year I bought an iPod Touch to use exclusively in my car. I thought it might be quicker searching for tracks and that it might recognise playlists as well as albums and tracks (which it doesn’t even on the Classic). But the BMW doesn’t see the iPod Touch at all, so I returned it to the Apple Store and I just hope that my iPod Classic will keep working until I buy my next car!

  9. Like everyone else, I will miss the iPod. I use my Classic 160GB in my car everyday, and I am NOT a streamer. Dinosaurs unite!

  10. Like everyone else, I will miss the iPod. I use my Classic 160GB in my car everyday, and I am NOT a streamer. Dinosaurs unite!

  11. Thank heavens for the Chinese manufacturers that are keeping the DAP alive. My iPod classic is just about to die, Fiio take my money!

  12. Thank heavens for the Chinese manufacturers that are keeping the DAP alive. My iPod classic is just about to die, Fiio take my money!

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