Apple has formally declared the end of its famous iPod product line, which began with the release of the original iPod in October 2001.
Apple has sold the iPod mini, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, and iPod Touch series in addition to many variations of the original iPod over the years.
The iPod, iPod nano, and iPod shuffle were all discontinued by Apple during the last few years, reducing the company's portfolio.
The iPod Touch series had not been updated since the release of the 7th Generation iPod Touch in mid-2019, which came four years after the previous refresh and was the only model left on the market. Its visibility on Apple's official website had dwindled as it was overtaken by other devices, most notably the iPhone.
With multiple memorable advertising spotlighting the white headphones that came with it, Apple's iPod became a pop cultural sensation.
Beginning with the iPod nano line, Apple introduced additional features such as the click wheel with a touch surface and integrated buttons, as well as flash memory.
The iPhone was introduced in 2007 as an iPod with touch controls, an Internet-connected device, and a cellphone.
Apple reduced its focus on the iPod line as the iPhone and streaming services grew in popularity, and the absence of updates beyond the 7th Generation iPod Touch has signalled the brand's eventual retirement for years.
While the iPod Touch was formerly marketed as a gaming device or a more cheap Internet-connected gadget for kids, it is no longer relevant in the age of streaming media.
Over the last few years, Apple has also sold the immensely popular iPod mini, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, and iPod Touch series.