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Four facts that were not known about the iPod, Apple’s audio player

The Apple audio device has been discontinued and sales will only be possible while supplies last. (Getty)

In May of this year, Manzana announced through a publication on its official website that the iPod will cease to be produced and that from this moment their sale will be carried out “while stocks last”, which puts an end to a series of devices which was presented to the public for the first time in the year 2001.


According to the senior vice president of global marketing for ManzanaGreg Joswiak, “Music has always been part of our core at Apple, and bringing it to hundreds of millions of users in the way that iPod impacted more than just the industry music: It also redefined how music is discovered, heard and shared.”

After 21 years of presence in the product catalog of the technology company and having produced 26 generations devices in total, the iPod will be sold until there are no more of them in stock and become a collector’s item for people interested in the history of the products of Manzana.

The latest iPod model was discontinued this year


The iPod Touch 7th generation was presented in the year 2019 and lasted for three years before being discontinued by Apple. In general, this device has characteristics similar to those of a iPhone not only in its appearance, but also in its components.

The seventh generation iPod Touch was last introduced in 2019 and was discontinued in May 2022. (Apple)
The seventh generation iPod Touch was last introduced in 2019 and was discontinued in May 2022. (Apple)

The chip that these latest iPods have incorporated are the processors A10 that were first included in the devices iPhone 7 and 7 Plus that went on sale in the year 2016. In addition, the official Apple page indicates that it works with the operating system iOS 14which was released in the year 2020.


In short, according to the specifications shown by Apple, the iPod were too close to the functions of the iPhone, with the only limitation of not being able to work with a telephone line. However, the ability to connect to wifi networks gave him the ability to do video calls and access to other applications.

Storage for up to 1,000 songs

According to the press release, the first iPod presented in 2001 had the following description: “a revolutionary music player MP3 that can store up to 1,000 songs with CD quality”. In addition, it was indicated that it had an autonomous operation of up to 10 hours of playback keep going.

The first generation of iPod introduced by Apple was characterized by having the ability to store up to 1,000 songs on the device. (Manzana)
The first generation of iPod introduced by Apple was characterized by having the ability to store up to 1,000 songs on the device. (Manzana)

To give more context regarding the storage capabilities of this device, it must be understood that, although the 5 gigabytes (or 10 Gigabytes in some models) of your hard drive represent a limited capacity by current standards, at the time the first generation iPhone launched in 2007 (6 years later) offered a capacity of 4GB, 8GB and 16GB when the iPod already had storage capacities between the 80GB Y 160GB.

On the other hand, although the technology stream makes it seem like CD-quality music isn’t high, it should be noted that streaming services like Spotify use compression of CD-quality files. Audio to a format MP3while the format of the CD does not perform this task, so the audio file It is heavier and higher quality.

Forerunner of the modern iPhone

As previously mentioned, the iPod more modern has many of the same features that older iPhoneso it is not a surprise that, makes up the technology of the first devices was improving, much of it was also applied to smartphones of Manzana.


If the characteristics of the ipod touch of the first generation that were launched in September of the year 2007 with those of the first iPhonewhich was presented that same year in July, it can be noted that except for the camera of the smartphone and the amount of storage space, specs they are very similar.

Apple’s sales star

According to Statisticalthe data collection and study platform, iPods came to represent a maximum of 40% of sales produced by Manzana particularly in the year 2006 prior to the launch of the ipod touch and the iPhoneboth in 2007.

According to the data journalist, Mónica Mena Roa, the last year in which the company reported the income generated by the sale of iPods separately, they had only been sold 14.4 million units unlike the 55 million from the year 2008which represented a pronounced decrease after the arrival of the iPhone.

Statista's platform presents statistics on iPod sales. (statist)
Statista’s platform presents statistics on iPod sales. (statist)

In 2014, iPod sales only accounted for 1.25% of the company’s revenue, according to statistics website data.


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