Farewell to the iPod, the device that ushered in too much choice | Rebecca Nicholson

Farewell to the iPod, the device that ushered in too much choice | Rebecca Nicholson

The age of the iPod has come to an end. This week, Apple announced it has ceased manufacturing the last surviving model of its once-ubiquitous music player. You may still be able to get your hands on an iPod Touch while stocks last, but once the shelves are cleared that will be it. The iPod has officially “shuffled” off its mortal coil (sorry). Yet, for a moment there, the iPod was the future; this elegant little gadget changed the way we listened to music. Beautifully constructed, superbly functional and weirdly addictive, its little white earbuds become the most musical status symbol of the first decade of the 21st century. By 2011, 300 million iPods had been sold worldwide and we were all immersed in our own personal playlists of sound. …
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