Tony Fadell, who previously workinged from Apple and is commonly referred to as the “daddy” of the iPod, today discussed the current discontinuation of the iPod Standard in a meeting with Quickly Small business, stating that he’s “unfortunate to see it go.”

“The iPod’s been a huge part of my life for the last decade. The group that worked with the iPod put literally everything into making it exactly what it was.” Eighteen months after launch, the iPod possessed the mobile media gamer classification, and for the following years, it remained to do so. “Products just don’t come around like that usually,” complains Fadell. “The iPod was one-in-a-million.”

Though he’s saddening to see completion of the iPod, Fadell notes that the item was “born to die,” with workers hypothesizing in 2003 or 2004 what would certainly eliminate the device. “Even at that time, at Apple,” claims Fadell, “we recognized it was streaming. We called it the ‘holy jukebox in the sky.’ And also we have that now: music in the cloud.”

The final iPod classic was presented in September of 2009, and reports of a discontinuation of the item circulated for several years well before Apple retired the device in September of 2014.

Following the statements for the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, as well as the Apple Watch on September 9, Apple removed the iPod standard from its online store.

Apple’s iPod sales have actually been decreasing for the last a number of years, and in January, Tim Chef kept in mind that the iPod was a “decreasing company” for Apple. Since Q3 2014, the iPod comprised merely one percent of Apple’s total revenue, being dwarfed lots of times over by the iPhone and iPad, both which have actually adopted the iPod’s songs playing abilities.

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