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iPod line prior to July 27, 2017. From left to right: iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano and iPod Touch.
DeveloperApple Inc.
TypePortable media player
Release dateOctober 23, 2001 (2001-10-23)
DiscontinuedMay 10, 2022 (2022-05-10)
Units sold450 million (as of May 2022)[1]
Storage512 MB—256 GB
Websitewww.apple.com/ipod redirects to support.apple.com/ipod-touch

The iPod is a discontinued series of portable media players and multi-purpose mobile devices designed and marketed by Apple Inc.[2][3] The first version was released on October 23, 2001, about 8+12 months after the Macintosh version of iTunes was released. Apple sold an estimated 450 million iPod products as of 2022. Apple discontinued the iPod product line on May 10, 2022. At 20 years, the iPod brand is the oldest to be discontinued by Apple.[4][5]

Like other digital music players, some versions of the iPod can serve as external data storage devices. Prior to macOS 10.15, Apple's iTunes software (and other alternative software) could be used to transfer music, photos, videos, games, contact information, e-mail settings, Web bookmarks, and calendars to the devices supporting these features from computers using certain versions of Apple macOS and Microsoft Windows operating systems.[6][7]

Before the release of iOS 5, the iPod branding was used for the media player included with the iPhone and iPad, which was separated into apps named "Music" and "Videos" on the iPod Touch. As of iOS 5, separate Music and Videos apps are standardized across all iOS-powered products.[8] While the iPhone and iPad have essentially the same media player capabilities as the iPod line, they are generally treated as separate products. During the middle of 2010, iPhone sales overtook those of the iPod.[9]

  1. ^ Mickle, Tripp (May 10, 2022). "Farewell to the iPod". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 11, 2022.
  2. ^ Clark, Mitchell. "Our Memories of the iPod". The Verge. Retrieved May 14, 2022.
  3. ^ "What Is an Ipod? How Does the iPod Work? How to Use an iPod". askdeb.com. August 7, 2016.
  4. ^ Cite error: The named reference :3 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  5. ^ Miller, Chance (May 10, 2022). ""Apple discontinues iPod touch, ending 20 year run of iconic 'iPod' brand"". 9to5Mac. Archived from the original on May 10, 2022.
  6. ^ Apple Inc. "iTunes system requirements. Apple iTunes software runs on Mac OS X 10.3.9 or OS X 10.4.9 through to macOS 10.14 and on Microsoft Windows XP (Service Pack 2) or later". Retrieved May 28, 2008.
  7. ^ McKillop, Ross (July 8, 2007). "10 Alternatives to iTunes for managing your iPod". Simple Help. Retrieved May 28, 2008.
  8. ^ "APPLE IOS 5 IPHONE/IPAD HANDS-ON (screenshot of iPhone home screen with iOS 5 preview)". Boy Genius Report. June 6, 2011. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
  9. ^ Dediu, Horace (October 21, 2010). "Turning up the volume: iPhone overtakes iPod". asymco. Retrieved October 25, 2013.

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