Apple announced the discontinuation of the iPod touch earlier this week, which was virtually the end of the entire iPod lineup, as it was the last iPod still available for purchase.

I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the most notable iPod releases in the last 21 years to send the iPod along the way.

Original iPod (2001)

The original iPod, released in October 2001, was released as a device to put 1,000 songs in your pocket. It has become one of Apple’s most iconic and well-known products, and one of the devices that will help Apple soar and return to success.

2001 ipod

The original iPod offers a hard drive with 5GB of storage space and a physically rotating scroll wheel, and the iPod with this design is still the only one. It also has a FireWire port for connecting to a Mac and sold for $ 399. Following the original iPod in 2002 with a nearly identical 2nd generation model, Apple has a capacitive sensing touchwheel with click buttons on the sides, and the 3rd generation model has a button on the top for further sophistication. Added a touch wheel. A Dock connector has also been added to the 3rd generation iPod.

3rd generation iPod

In the 4th generation model released in 2004, Apple introduced the Click Wheel. This is a touch wheel iteration that also incorporates buttons. The 4th generation model is noteworthy as Apple has been using the Click Wheel for the next few years.

iPod Click Wheel 4th Generation

Photos of the iPod with a color display followed the 4th generation model in late 2004, and Apple expanded the color display to all models with an iPod with a color display in 2005. Both of these were considered part of the 4th generation lineup.

iPod color

Apple added video capabilities to its 5th generation iPod in 2005. It was also the first iPod to appear in black, except for the special black and red U2 edition of the iPod.

u2 ipod

After the iPod video, Apple announced the iPod classic, and several versions were released in 2007, 2008, and 2009, all of which were similar in design. The 2009 iPod classic was Apple’s last iPod of this size, with a 160 GB hard drive, click wheel, and widescreen color display. It was stuck until it was abolished in 2014.

iPod classic view

iPod mini (2004)

Apple’s first iPod mini was launched in 2004 and was much smaller in size than the standard iPod. There were some fun colors such as yellow, blue, pink and gold with a standard click wheel.

ipod mini 2005

The iPod mini didn’t last long, and there was a second-generation version in 2005, but it was subsequently discontinued in favor of the iPod nano.

iPod nano (2005)

Replacing the iPod mini, the iPod nano is one of Apple’s most interesting iPods due to the many major design iterations that have been seen over the years.


Apple started with a slim aluminum-colored iPod with a Click Wheel, a color screen, and a flash memory that Apple can reduce in size. The nano was replaced in 2006 with a second generation version with more rounded edges, a smaller form factor, and a brighter aluminum color.


For the third-generation iPod nano, launched in 2007, Apple is moving in a completely different direction, which was colloquially known as the “fat” of the iPod nano. It had a wider, squatter body with a wider display, and it came in several color options.


The nanofat lasted only a year and was then replaced by the slimmed-down 4th generation iPod nano again. It features a tall screen, a curved front, and an accelerometer for the “shake” feature that allows you to shake your iPod to shuffle songs.

ipod nano 4

Apple’s 2009 5th generation iPod nano was similar to the 4th generation model, but with a higher screen, a camera and a microphone. It also came in more shiny colors, but Apple kept a wide array of color options.


In 2010, nano undertook a major redesign with the 6th generation version, which is just a screen with a square body. Instead of the Click Wheel, it uses a multi-touch display, which is a version of people with a watch strap attached, much like the predecessor of the Apple Watch.

ipod nano 6th generation watch strap

Apple redesigned the 7th generation iPod nano in 2012, returning it to a rectangular shape, but leaving the multi-touch display intact. The nano of this era resembled a smaller iPod touch with a home button and support for multiple apps. The 7th generation iPod nano was a new color in 2015, before it was discontinued in 2017.

iPod nano colors

iPod shuffle (2005)

Apple’s first iPod shuffle was introduced in 2005, ahead of the second-generation iPod mini, and was very similar to the Apple TV Remote. It was Apple’s first iPod without a display, with only a control pad to keep it down and also acting as a flash drive.

iPod shuffle Anniversary Wikimedia Commons

The second-generation iPod shuffle was significantly redesigned in 2006, and Apple reduced it to about half its original size and added a belt clip. At that time, it was advertised as the smallest MP3 player in the world. There was also a small iPod shuffle dock for charging from the headphone jack. Launched in silver, Apple eventually announced additional colors such as pink, blue, green, and orange.

iPod shuffle 2nd generation

The iPod shuffle was further redesigned in 2009, and Apple has added a voice feature that allows you to speak the name of a song or album aloud using text-to-speech. This is a model in which Apple has removed control on the device and replaced it with headphones with a remote control.

iPod shuffle 3rd generation

In 2010, Apple decided that control on the device wasn’t a bad idea and introduced the 4th generation iPod shuffle. The fourth-generation model was the last iPod shuffle, featuring brighter colors, a smaller chassis, and a resurgence of control pads.

iPod shuffle 2015 lineup

Apple introduced a new color in 2015, but the iPod Shuffle didn’t receive any other design updates. It was finally abolished in 2017.

iPod touch (2007)

The first iPod touch, launched alongside the iPhone in 2007, was a more affordable replacement for the iPhone, which didn’t have cellular capabilities. Much like the iPhone with a 3.5-inch multi-touch display, it comes with apps such as WiFi support, Safari integration, YouTube, email, maps, and weather.

ipod touch original

The 2nd and 3rd generation iPod touch models had the same design, but when the iPhone 4 went on sale in 2010, Apple redesigned the iPod touch in the same way. Includes front camera, rear camera, iMessage support, and was offered in black or white.

ipod touch 2011

Apple redesigned the iPod touch in 2012, and the 5th generation model has a larger display and a thinner body. In addition, this was the first time the iPod touch was available in bright colors. It was released with the iPhone 5 as a pocketed computer with an A5 chip.

ipod touch 5 colors

After the 5th generation iPod touch, the design hasn’t changed, but Apple announced the 6th generation model in 2017 and the 7th generation model in 2019. Both have updated chips. After the release of the 7th generation iPod touch in 2019, the device wasn’t updated for three years until it was discontinued earlier this week.

iPod Touch background function 2

iPod replacement

Apple has decided to discontinue the iPod lineup as iPod features are built into all Apple devices, from the iPhone and iPad to the Mac, Apple TV, HomePod, and Apple Watch. Said.

iPod touch is obsolete

Almost all Apple devices these days support the Apple Music service introduced by Apple in 2015 and can be used on the web, Android devices, etc., so you don’t need an iPod. Apple will sell the iPod touch as soon as it’s out of stock, but it’s already sold out in the United States.

You might still be able to find an iPod touch from a third-party retailer, but people are trying to get one of the last available iPods, so they sell out quickly, so act quickly. Please be so.


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