On October 23, 2001, Apple launched the iPod, a portable media player that aspired to take the place of the awkward design and constrained storage of MP3 players that first appeared in the middle of the 1990s.
The iPod’s storage capacity of 1,000 songs was advertised. Its individualized listening strategy has revolutionized the way we listen to music. The more than 400 million units that have been sold since its release are proof that it was a success.
Apple announced the end of the final generation of the iPod with a headline that was meant to honor the product but came off as more of a rejection. The statement from May 2022 had the tagline “The music lives on” and first acknowledged the demise of the iPod before spending more time promoting Apple’s AirPods.
A market success
The iPod allowed users to connect not just to their headphones but also to their vehicle radio, computer at work, or home hi-fi system, expanding listening beyond the limitations of the home stereo system. It was simpler to incorporate these many areas into a single, customized soundtrack throughout the day.
Before, all music players were referred to as “iPods.” The word iPod may now even autocorrect to “iPad” if you type it.
On October 23, 2022, the iPod turns 21 years old, and its existence is no longer recorded. But it did leave an impact, and that mark helped to alter the globe.