What just happened? The iPod is one of the most iconic devices of the 21st century and arguably the product that launched Apple on the path to its current giant market position. However, it can also be argued that the era of standalone mp3 players is over.

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On Tuesday, Apple announced that the seventh-generation iPod touch, released in 2019, will be latest ipod model. The company will continue to sell the device as long as there is stock, which implies a cessation of production. The reason is obvious – users can find iPod functionality in any of the Apple products that have followed it.

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Today’s users do not consider mp3 players as equipment. Instead, it’s more like software that can run on many portable devices. Initially, iPods had an edge over iPhones when it came to storage space. However, this advantage has faded over time. The latest version of the iPod, the iPod Touch, is essentially an iPhone without cellular service.

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While Apple still wants users to play music on the go with iPhones, Apple Watches, and AirPods, it also said that its other products are better suited for playing music at home. The iPad is more powerful, while the HomePod is a cheaper alternative.

Apple introduced the first iPod in October 2001, and while it wasn’t the first portable mp3 player, it certainly made them popular. During its existence, the device has undergone many design changes, including the iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle and iPod Touch.