As a child and a young adult looking back on the iPod was life changing for music listeners. The music fanatic inside of me was fully unleashed on the small green piece of metal that carried all of my favorite tunes. Before I even had a cell phone I could always be found with my trusty iPod in hand and whatever cheap pair of headphones I could get my hands on. Now after nearly two decades of production Apple has decided to desist its production and new releases of iPod.
While this decision shouldn’t come as a surprise due to the fact that phones now have the same capabilities as the old iPod and well, they are phones. The once incredible piece of technology has had long lasting impacts on digitization of music. The device allowed music to become even more mobile than it was before and opened up endless opportunities to integrate music into life that was difficult before, such as jogging, working in the yard, and anywhere that it wasn’t convenient to take other forms of mobile music. In their public statement about the end of iPod production Apple noted that they will be available while supplies last but that this is going to be the end of their production. This does not mean that they are ending their music integration services as most Apple products continue the trend of mobile music as a core piece of their technology.