Apple Inc. is discontinuing the iPod more than two decades after the device revolutionised portable music and catalysed its rapid rise to become the world’s largest corporation.
Apple announced in a blog post on Tuesday that the iPod Touch, the only version of the portable music player still available for purchase, will be available until supplies run out.
Since its introduction in 2001, the iPod has faced an onslaught of competing music players before being superseded by smartphones, online music streaming, and, within the Apple family, the iPhone.
Since its debut, the iPod has undergone multiple revisions that include a scroll wheel, the ability to store 1,000 songs, and a 10-hour battery life. In 2007, the iPod Touch was released alongside the iPhone.