The iPod is dead – TechCrunch

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 significantly fruitful for the music participant in a product lineup that features varied iPhones and iPads, the beloved music participant has in some way managed to hold on.

That’s, till immediately.

Apple this morning introduced that the iPod is useless. That’s, as a lot as a specific gadget can ever be useless. Relatively, it’s going to shuffle off this mortal coil slowly, remaining on the market whereas provides final. So for those who have been contemplating buying one for any cause, purchase now or perpetually maintain your peace.

The iPod’s dying 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 enduring 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 immediately, 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 tackle 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. (Photograph by Justin Sullivan/Getty Photos)

The primary 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 complete music assortment in your pocket and take heed 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 onerous to impress upon individuals how revolutionary the promise of 1,000 songs in your pocket finally was. All of that was packed onto a tiny 5GB Toshiba onerous drive and plugged right into a Mac through FireWire cable. Whom amongst us didn’t wish 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 Cellphone,” Fadell mentioned. “You took the headset, which had a microphone on it and the one ear factor. You can use the Click on Wheel to pick numbers and names, or you may dial with it, like a rotary telephone, which was the final word dying of it. You couldn’t enter something, as a result of there’s no textual enter. However it was an iPod Basic with a telephone 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 advised TechCrunch. “Or it turned very clear that they wouldn’t work. He pushed us very onerous on making the iPod Plus Cellphone work. We labored weeks and weeks to determine tips on how to do enter with the press wheel. We couldn’t get it, and after the entire group was satisfied we couldn’t do it, he was like, ‘hold attempting!’ Sooner or later all of us mentioned, ‘no, it isn’t going to work.’”

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – SEPTEMBER 22, 2005: Fashions show the most recent iPod Nano at a press launch on September 22, 2005 in Seoul, South Korea. The most recent launch from Apple contains 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. (Photograph by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Photos)

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 gadget 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 12 months, the corporate introduced that it had bought its one-hundred-millionth gadget.

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

“Music has at all times been a part of our core at Apple, and bringing it to tons of of tens of millions of customers in the way in which iPod did impacted extra than simply the music {industry} — it additionally redefined how music is found, listened to, and shared,” Greg Joswiak mentioned in a launch. “Right this moment, the spirit of iPod lives on. We’ve built-in an unbelievable 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 technique to get pleasure from, uncover, and expertise music.”

Maybe it’s time to dig by the previous gadget drawer, mud off the iPod and see if it’s potential to resurrect it for one last spin. Right here’s to you, previous buddy.

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