iPod retires as Apple Music takes over music streaming across multiple platforms

The days of iconic standalone music players seem to be numbered as Apple is officially ditching the iPod platform. While the iPod is being phased out, Apple already has an Apple Music platform to replace it. With over 90 million songs and over 30,000 playlists available on Apple Music, it’s unlikely that many will miss the iPod.

MP3 players reigned supreme when phones had limited features and rudimentary screens, and mobile networks didn’t offer high-speed data. This was the time when the Apple iPod made a real revolution. However, two decades later, Apple seems to have decided that the iPod has run its course and announced plans to end production. Speaking about development, Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of global marketing, said:

Music has always been part of our core at Apple, and we’ve brought it to hundreds of millions of users in the same way that the iPod not only impacted the music industry, it also changed how music is found, listened to, and shared.

Today, the spirit of the iPod lives on. We’ve integrated an incredible music experience across all of our products, from iPhone to Apple Watch and HomePod mini, as well as Mac, iPad and Apple TV. And Apple Music delivers industry-leading audio quality with spatial audio support—there’s no better way to enjoy, discover, and enjoy music.

Needless to mention, Joswiak has made it clear that Apple Music has replaced the company’s consumer-oriented music streaming hardware solutions. Moving forward, the iPhone maker will obviously focus on improving the subscription-based cloud music streaming service.

The modern iPod can stream music, as can almost all Apple products. Consequently, it was painfully obvious that the hardware had become redundant. However, if anyone is interested in buying an iPod, Apple offers a limited supply of the iPod Touch on the official website , as well as at Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The 7th generation iPod Touch (2019) will be the last product in the series and the only one available through Apple’s official sales channels.