iPod Stories October 24

Bono memoir reveals the story behind the free U2 album debacle (and U2 iPod)

A memoir by Irish singer-songwriter Bono reveals the story behind the free U2 album debacle, which saw both Apple and the band become the butt of jokes on social media, as well as the subject of considerable anger toward both parties …

iPod Stories May 24

Apple announced the end of the iPod earlier this month, ending an iconic 20 years. Consumers have been buying into nostalgia, either by purchasing iPods for collectibles or selling their old music players. SellCell has taken a look at how the iPod has depreciated over the last two decades and where resale values stand today.

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iPod Stories May 20

It’s not unusual to hear Tony Fadell talk iPod, but a 20-minute video provides a new perspective as it’s illustrated by CT scans of three different iPod models.

Fadell talks about a number of the design considerations. For example, the team was extremely nervous about the reliability of the hard drive as consumers – unused to the delicacy of such devices in such a portable product – might treat the iPod rather more casually than they would a laptop …

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iPod Stories May 12

After Apple announced it is discontinuing the iPod touch (7th generation) yesterday and retiring the iPod altogether, consumers have been rushing to retailers in-store and online to buy one of these devices. The product is only being sold at retailers while supplies last. 

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iPod Stories May 11

It has only been one day since Apple discontinued the iPod touch forever. And although the company said that customers could still buy the product “while supplies last,” it seems that the supplies didn’t last very long. Right now, the iPod touch is completely sold out in the US Apple Online Store.

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It’s official: Apple’s groundbreaking portable music player is no more. All we’re left with now is memories of the iPod, and perhaps that one last model some plan to keep forever.

The decision was inevitable. Most of us now use our iPhones and streaming music services to listen to music. The other role played by the iPod Touch – as a device for kids too young to have a phone – has largely been supplanted by the iPad. All the same, it’s still a somewhat sad moment …

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iPod Stories May 10

Just a few days ago, I wrote an article asking why Apple is still selling the iPod touch in 2022. Coincidentally or not, the company announced on Tuesday that the iPod touch and the iPod brand have reached the end of their lives. What’s interesting to think about is that, now obsolete, the iPod touch was once the gateway to the iOS ecosystem.

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Flashback: Two decades ago when iPod became the ‘quantum leap’ for digital music [Video]

Like Steve Jobs said many years ago, music is a part of everyone’s life. It’s been around forever and will always be around. Apple found an opportunity in this 21 years ago when it unveiled its latest creation – the iPod.

As the company announced today that it’s discontinuing the iPod Touch, let’s revisit that day in 2001 when Steve Jobs first publicized the device.

It’s the end of an era: Apple is officially discontinuing the iPod touch. The company says that the device will be available only “while supplies last.” This also means that the “iPod” brand is officially retired, as the iPod touch was the last iPod in Apple’s lineup.

It’s the end of an era for a product that was once one of the most popular gadgets in the world.

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iPod Stories May 4

Tony Fadell, also known as the father of the iPod, released his new book this week called Build, which tells the story behind his 30 years working in Silicon Valley companies. Now in an interview with CNBC’s Jon Fortt, Fadell shared more details about the early stages of development of the iPod and iPhone, and also about controversial decisions by Steve Jobs.

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iPod Stories May 2

Introduced in 2005, the iPod nano saw different iterations throughout its life cycle. Now, one of the executives responsible for creating this iPod is showing some of the various mockups created to explore the possibilities of this product since he’s launching a new book called Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making.

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iPod Stories January 13

It may be 2022, but the iPod is at the center of an elaborate theft ring that has now resulted in three people being sentenced to jail time. The United States Department of Justice announced in a press release that it has sentenced three people to prison for their roles in stealing and reselling over $1 million worth of iPods.

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iPod Stories January 11

This upcoming May will mark three years since Apple released the 7th generation iPod touch. That’s enough time for a newborn baby to learn to walk and communicate, so that must mean the iPod touch 8 is coming this year, right?

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iPod Stories January 7

Apple’s first fashion-forward gadget is making a comeback. The second generation iPod shuffle introduced a little over 15 years ago is seeing a resurgence in popularity on none other than TikTok. The second, third, and fourth generation iPod shuffles all had built-in clips and came in a wide variety of color options making them easily wearable. TikTok is known for being a launchpad for trends just like this so it doesn’t necessarily come as a surprise. As noted by The Information, the iPod shuffle isn’t alone in seeing such an uplift in popularity. Other retro gadgets are also making a comeback led by millennials.

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iPod Stories October 23, 2021

The iPod is a funny product. It fundamentally changed Apple and yet it has been slowly and unceremoniously murdered by its successors, the iPhone and the iPad. iPod has a long and storied history, from how it came to be to the sheer number of models that the company worked on for two decades. The original iPod was the very first handheld consumer electronic that Apple made post Steve Jobs’ return to the company and it kickstarted a revolution in virtually every major industry around the world. But the iPod also means something special to me. The first Apple product that was brand new and really mine was an iPod shuffle given to me for my 7th birthday.

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iPod Stories October 22, 2021

The iPod success story was far from assured, even after it was launched, says Tony Fadell, the man dubbed “father of the iPod.”

Early sales were nothing to write home about, and Fadell felt it would take three generations before the product line would take off, so he asked Apple cofounder Steve Jobs to make a promise…

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iPod Stories June 10, 2021

iPod touch prototype looks better than the real thing

An iPod touch prototype has surfaced, apparently showing an alternative design for what would be the 5th-generation model of the device – and, to my eyes at least, it looks better than the model Apple actually launched …

iPod Stories May 23, 2021

The original iPod is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021. As for now, the only iPod being sold by Apple is the seventh-generation touch model. With the company introducing Apple Music Lossless, an iPod with this focus could be a great way to celebrate this anniversary.

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iPod Stories January 28, 2021

iPod touch is officially the only iPod Apple has ever released with Wi-Fi connection, but what if other older iPods also had an internet connection and access to streaming services? That’s exactly what developer Guy Dupont was able to do with his fourth-generation iPod, which was modified with built-in Wi-Fi and the Spotify app.

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iPod Stories August 18, 2020

Yes, you did read that right: a former senior Apple engineer says that the US government turned an iPod into a secret Geiger counter. Or, more precisely, a large US defense contractor turned an iPod into a secret device which was probably a Geiger counter – and only four people at Apple ever knew about it.

The story is told by David Shayer, who is a credible source, having played a pivotal role in the development of the iPod – and is backed by ‘father of the iPod’ Tony Fadell …

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iPod Stories January 13, 2020

In a story shared by the CEO of Stripe, Patrick Collison, Tony Fadell describes the timeline of the original iPod. Fadell says he joined Apple in late January to run the iPod project but that when he joined, the iPod wasn’t an iPod — Apple wanted to make a hard-drive-based MP3 player but that was essentially it. “No team, prototype, designs, nothing”.

Incredibly, the product was completed before the end of the year. Fadell pitched a design prototype to Jobs in March, the team found manufacturing partners in April, and Apple started shipping the first devices to customers in November.

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iPod Stories November 28, 2019

Turn your iPhone into a click wheel iPod Classic with ‘nice throwback’ app

A designer/developer has created an iPhone app that recreates the UI of a click wheel iPod Classic, right down to haptic feedback and click sounds …

iPod Stories April 25, 2019

Apple has announced a recall of wall plug adapters used in the UK, Hong Kong, and Singapore. It follows six incidents of electric shocks resulting from the plugs breaking, exposing metal contacts.

The plugs were sold with a range of Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPods, but you only have to worry about them if you’re using a rather elderly model – or bought the official Apple World Travel Adapter Kit a long time ago …

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iPod Stories August 16, 2018

Kickstarter campaign offers nostalgic Apple pillow collection without saying so …

I wouldn’t have foreseen much overlap in the market for Apple memorabilia and that for throw pillows, but one Kickstarter campaign seems to be proving me wrong …

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