Steve Jobs and Apple forever changed the music business and the way many people get and enjoy music with one tiny invention. With Apple's iPod, and soon after the iTunes music store, we suddenly had millions of songs just a click away. iPods let us take a thousand or more songs with us nearly anywhere. This was a huge breakthrough back when most music was on CDs, record albums or even cassette tapes. Just try hauling hundreds of CDs on a morning walk and you get a sense of the shift.
iPod was an incredible success. As of 2012, Apple had sold enough iPods to supply every man, woman and child in the U.S., and probably millions more since. But that was then. Now Apple has made a subtle change that could quietly signal the end days for the revolutionary music player.
It was nice knowing you, iPod. The company already got rid of the click wheel iPod Classic and now it looks like the whole iPod line isn't long for this world. If you head over to the Apple website, glance up at the top menu bar. It used to be reserved for links to the Apple Store and gadgets like Mac, iPad, iPhone, Watch and, yes, iPod. But, that's not the case anymore. Apple replaced the iPod on the top bar with its newest offering, Music.
Music is the new subscription streaming service Apple recently announced at its developers convention. Click here to see how Music compares to other subscription services like Spotify and Google Music.
By knocking iPod off the front page, Apple could be signaling that the end is near for the antiquated gadget. After all, Apple's iPod sales have fallen steadily over the last few years as more and more consumers opt for iPhones, iPads and the new Apple Watch.
But, the iPod isn't gone just yet. You can still buy an iPod Touch, Nano or Shuffle by going directly to the online Apple Store. There's also a link for the iPod at the bottom of the Apple Music webpage.
If Apple doesn't kill off the iPod line completely, it could just upgrade the gadgets in an effort to boost sales. But, even that could signal the end for less popular gadgets like the Nano and/or Shuffle.