The end of an era is upon us: Apple has decided to discontinue one of the most revolutionary products of the digital age, their unforgettable iPod. After two decades of delivering portable, accessible music, it’s sad in a way to see this innovative product go while being replaced by touch screens and wifi-connected devices.
The iPod was essentially Apple’s response to piracy sites like Napster and Limewire in the late 90s, allowing Apple to team up with labels on a way to let artists share and profit off their music in the digital world (iTunes) while also allowing music fans to listen to their favorite songs without a bulky CD player or stereo.
In October 2001, the iPod changed how we view music forever. And in May 2022, it ceased production. With over 20 years of innovation coming to an end, let’s take a look back at some of the most iconic iPod designs, interfaces, and more!