After 20 years, Apple says goodbye to the iPod


Apple is ditching the iPod, more than 20 years after the device became the face of portable music and launched its meteoric evolution into the world’s biggest company.

The iPod Touch, the only version of the portable music player still on sale, will be available while supplies last, Apple said in a blog post tuesday.

Since its launch in 2001, the iPod has taken competing music players by storm before being eclipsed by smartphones, online music streaming and, within the Apple pantheon, the rise of the iPhone.

The current iteration of the iPod, the Touch, has been on sale since 2007. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The iPod has gone through several iterations since its inception with a scroll wheel, the ability to store 1,000 songs and a 10 hour battery life. The version that has been made so far — the iPod Touch — was launched in 2007, the same year as the iPhone.

Apple stopped reporting iPod sales in 2015.