Apple discontinues the iPod

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  1. ice

    ice PhilMUG Addict Member

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    This topic deserves a separate thread.

    Apple discontinues the iPod after 20 years | The Verge

     
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    My (then GF) now wife's first "expensive" gift to me was a top of the line iPod Classic

    She knew I was so envious of our liaison and travel officers who were using iPods which they purchased on installment (I don't remember if they loaned the money from Pag-Ibig :ROFLMAO:)

    Later when she was assigned to our US office, she shipped an iPod Shuffle to me from Amazon
    And I later when I was assigned in Singapore, I shipped a 2nd Gen iPod Touch to her

    All three devices are still at home :LOL:
     
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    End of an era. The first Apple product I bought was a blue iPod Mini (4 GB if I remember correctly). It’s the only Apple product I can afford at that time with my meager call center salary. :D:D

    I still own a pair. I use it from time to time in offline places. They could have made the iPod touch into a mobile gaming device to compete with the Nintendo Switch, PS Vita, etc.
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    I forgot that the Nano was once my "go to" gift for very close relatives (incl my sisters)
     
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    ice PhilMUG Addict Member

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    you still have iTunes?

    Agree.

    I was hoping they would make the iPod Touch a gadget for "creators" as the size would be perfect for a gimbal/monopod/drone.

    They just needed to install a GPS and improve its camera and processor.
     
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    I actually don’t know. I haven’t updated my playlist for years. Do we still have iTunes?

     
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    ice PhilMUG Addict Member

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    my office PC still prompts me to update iTunes. But I don't remember the last time I used it.
     
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    The iPod definitely changed my life. I had all my CDs ripped and transferred to the iPod. File transfers were great via Firewire, and how can you not forget the iconic click wheel sound while scrolling through playlists? Screen was simpler then with the black text against the white backlight. With music streaming services, I guess only a few people now keep audio files in their music library.

    Still with me are the iPod Mini, Nano, and Shuffle.
     
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    Some of the cool tracks I was able to preserve on my old iPod Nano, I was still able to transfer to my Spotify via local file sync. Good times.
     
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    iPods were my gateway to Apple as it my iPod Mini was such a joy to use and it made me appreciate minimalism in design and great industrial design, sadly though, it got stolen at some point by a new maid we had who was just a round for a few days. Then i had an iPod U2 30gb, iPod Nano (1st, 4th, 6th), iPod 30gb, and my last was an iPod Classic 120gb.

    The only iPods I have now are my Nano 6th gen and my iPod Classic 120gb.

    Careless times where I'd just sit back and listen to My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Avril Lavinge, Foo Fighters, Limp Bizkit, Gorillaz, and so on.

    Wish I still have my iPod U2 though as that was the most unique one, and I was the coolest kid in my class given that I was the only one with a red x black iPod. :ROFLMAO:
     
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    The iPods probably saved Apple from utter bankruptcy. It was Apple’s first successful product when Jobs made his return.

    There were better MP3 players with bigger storage, more features at a much much cheaper cost. The Zen Creative, the Microsoft Zune,etc. The iPod just had the perfect combination of simplistic design, and a very capable app to manage your playlist- iTunes.

    It also popularized the use of white earphones. It was not just a piece of tech, it was also a fashion statement.
     
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    I disagree...

    It was a hassle to use! you needed iTunes!

    There are better/cheaper MP3 players in the market that only needed Windows' File Explorer.

    But you wouldn't see Dillon listening to a Creative MP3 player after having a threesome with a random lady and Turtle :LOL: (sorry, can't remember the name of the lady)

    The only time I remember seeing a non-Apple portable music player...

     
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    That was my line of thinking as well. The only iPod I've ever owned was an iPod Shuffle and I got that as a promotional freebie when I bought an HP printer. I actually preferred my Sansa Clip Plus over the Shuffle.

    That said, I've always wanted those classic HDD-based iPods with the mechanical click wheel but just couldn't afford them back then and by the time I could, smartphones were already supplanting these dedicated devices.
     

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