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Apple Officially Discontinues IPod Touch

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So long and thanks for all the tunes: Apple has said a grand farewell to the last model in its iconic line of iPod music players — ending the music player’s two-decade run.

The tech giant’s original iPod, introduced on October 23, 2001, was the first MP3 player to deliver an unprecedented 1,000 songs (!) in a compact, portable device. Since then, Apple has introduced a variety of iPod models.

On Tuesday, the company announced that it was discontinuing the iPod touch, the version of the music player that featured the iPhone’s multitouch interface, which was first tweaked in 2007. The last of the iPod Touch models are available for purchase through Apple.com, Apple. store locations, and Apple authorized resellers “while supplies last,” the company said.

To be sure, Apple was quick to point out the myriad ways you can listen to music on its other products, including the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Mac, through Apple Music, its subscription music-streaming service to 90 million people. Offers over 30,000 songs and over 30,000 playlists. (The press release announcing the iPod touch’s phase-out is titled “The Music Lives on.”)

“Music has always been part of our core at Apple, and the iPod has influenced the way more than the music industry, bringing it to hundreds of millions of users – it also defines how music is discovered, heard and shared. Greg Joswiak, Apple’s SVP of worldwide marketing, said in a statement.

In 2017, Apple discontinued the iPod Shuffle and iPod nano, the two final versions of music players that weren’t capable of running iOS apps.