Will we ever see another iPod?

slingshott

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As someone who still relies on theirs I really hope we haven't seen the last of the iPod range but at this point it seems unlikely we'll ever see another released. What are the chances we'll get another shuffle, nano, touch or even a new model altogether?
 

Relentless Power

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I honestly don't believe we will another refresh of the iPod. It's been completely consumed by the iPhone in so many ways. It still has a small following, but it's not surprise it's been a dying product for years now.

Even more so, the iPhone SE steps on the iPod even more offering similar features With a stronger battery, and the price difference isn't much of a difference for the base 16GB model.
 

Stefan johansson

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With the development of Apple Watch,and the possibili.ty to sync iTunes to the watch,the iPod will most likely be discontinued in a year or two.
 

Pakaku

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Rebranding the Touch as "iPod" for App Store and Apple Music purposes, and keeping a tiny Nano/Shuffle as a gateway, sounds more likely.
 

MattA

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I actually believe the touch will be refreshed at some point, mostly because of its gateway into iOS. It'll probably be a couple more years before it happens, though. As for the Nano, if they update anything it'll be the storage size. Otherwise, it works just fine for its intended purpose.
 

Scepticalscribe

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As someone who still relies on theirs I really hope we haven't seen the last of the iPod range but at this point it seems unlikely we'll ever see another released. What are the chances we'll get another shuffle, nano, touch or even a new model altogether?
I know what it is to walk in your shoes, as I am in a somewhat similar position, but - while I think the iPod is one of the greatest inventions of recorded history (up there with flushing toilets, running water, the wheel, the printing press, and wonderful modern white French bread), I am not sure that we will see many - if any - further iterations of this splendid device.

And I write that with real regret, as I would love nothing more than to see the unveiling of an iPod classic with a SSD memory of 128GB - or, better still - 256 GB SSD.
 
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slingshott

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I agree with everything you guys have said and the points about the Watch and SE may well mean we've seen the last iPod. The touch's are cool but the iPod's size was always the main attraction for me and given how dated the nano's OS looks now it'd be nice to see the line refreshed. As we have our phones on us 24/7 now and wireless earbuds exist maybe they think there just isn't the call for it. Shame.
 

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Bit gutted at the impending death of the iPod. Too many good memories involved with them, and recently pet projects (adding flash storage to an old iPod 3 was fun!). I don't think we'll see any more now. Hopefully they rebadge a cell-less iPhone as an iPod at some point. Is the low price entry point still required for Apple?
 
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Bit gutted at the impending death of the iPod. Too many good memories involved with them, and recently pet projects (adding flash storage to an old iPod 3 was fun!). I don't think we'll see any more now. Hopefully they rebadge a cell-less iPhone as an iPod at some point. Is the low price entry point still required for Apple?
Well, I love my music - I have an iTunes library (all CDs, I don't download music) of not far off 100GB and, professionally, I travel to strange, troubled and interesting places - sometimes, for months on end. In such circumstances, the iPod has been an invaluable companion on those journeys.

So, yes, agreed, I, too, am more than a bit gutted at the impending death of the iPod.