The rise and fall of the iPod

Last week I wrote about the Lisa and the rise of the Macintosh. While I was doing that, I came across this list of iPod models, which included these fun facts:

iPods …were once the largest generator of revenue for Apple Computer. After the introduction of the iPhone, the iOS-based iPod touch was the last remaining model of the product line until it was discontinued on May 10, 2022.

It’s remarkable that something that was once the leading generator of revenue is now dead. Blame the iPhone. More accurately, blame streaming. Whatever the real reason, a once great set of products are now gone.

I loved all the iPods I had, from the smallest Shuffle to an iPod Touch that was all but an iPhone. Of all the technologies that I’ve owned, they were among my favorites. Thanks for the songs and the memories, iPod.

(Image of 1st gen iPod Shuffle in its packaging. Via Wikipedia.)



2 responses to “The rise and fall of the iPod

  1. I think the iPod Mini was my favorite. Although the Nano was pretty interesting as well. Even today one could argue the Nano could still be useful.

    • smartpeopleiknow

      Yes, the same could be said for the iPod touch: it was a low cost iPhone without the phone! A small price to pay back in the day when Blackberry still rules. I have to say the original Shuffle was my favorite: it was so incredibly minimal.