Apple still occasionally updates its iPod lineup even though the portable device is no longer the revenue generator it once was.
Apple Sept. 9 removed the iPod Classic from the company's iPod lineup. The hard drive-based portable music player was quietly removed from sale after the company introduced the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch wearable device.
The iPod's lineage can be traced back to the original iPod that was released in October 2001. The original iPod had a 1GB hard drive (enough space for 1,000 songs) and a mechanical click wheel. The most recently available iPod classic had a 160GB hard drive (enough for 40,000 songs) and a touch-sensitive scroll wheel.
Apple updated its iPod touch lineup on June 26, adding a rear-facing camera to the $199 16GB model while simultaneously making that model available in several different colors. The 16GB model previously did not have a rear-facing camera and was only available in "space gray."
The 32GB and 64GB models were also given price cuts, with the 32GB now costing $249 (down from $299) and the 64GB model now costing $299 (down from $399). These iPod touch models all come with iOS 7 (and will support iOS 8 this fall) and all have 4-inch Retina displays.
"I look at the business from a sell-through point of view less iPod, because I think all of us have known for some time that iPod is a declining business." Tim Cook, Apple CEO
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