iPod deathwatch


Apple might be taking steps to phase out the iPod, though reports have surfaced that the iPod Touch may get an update. Photo: Apple

Apple may have taken the first step to ­phasing out the iPod.

A sharp eye at Apple Insider noticed that earlier this week, Apple removed the iconic media player from the top menu on Apple’s homepage. It’s been replaced with Apple Music, the new streaming service unveiled recently.

While iPods are still available on the Apple Store website, it’s no great leap to infer that in Apple’s streaming-music future, there is no place for the download-based iPod.

Sales of the iPod, which jump-started Apple’s meteoric resurgence in the early 2000s, have been steadily declining for several years, as more consumers get their music from their iPhones – and soon, their watches. Last fall, Apple discontinued the iPod Classic (which I mourned with a heavy heart).

The iPod lineup has not had a significant upgrade since 2012, though reports surfaced that the iPod Touch may get a freshening-up, possibly adding more memory and improved streaming capability.

But in the past, Apple has shown no mercy to technologies it deems to be passe. It’s easy to envision it doing the same to the no-longer-vital iPod. — Tribune News Service

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