Tony Fadell Shares His Thoughts on the Death of the Apple iPod

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Tony Fadell, accredited as being the “father” of the original iPod, has released his thoughts on the death of the Apple iPod.

Following Apple’s media event last week, the company quietly removed the iPod Classic from the Apple Online Store. Of course, Apple still offers the iPod Touch however the iPod Classic was the last device offered by the company that still uses the click wheel.

In an interview with the Fast Company, Fadell said:

“I’m sad to see it go. The iPod’s been a huge part of my life for the last decade. The team that worked on the iPod poured literally everything into making it what it was. Products just don’t come around like that often. The iPod was one-in-a-million.”

Not long after the original announcement in 2003 the iPod became the default media player for the world. Fadell knew that this day would eventually come and Apple would replace it with a new generation of devices.

“It was inevitable something would take its place. You know, in 2003 or 2004, we started asking ourselves what would kill the iPod. And even back then, at Apple, we knew it was streaming. We called it the ‘celestial jukebox in the sky.’ And we have that now: music in the cloud.”

Apple did not mentioned anything about iTunes Radio at its recent media event, however we expect that the company will make a huge stride in the streaming music business after the acquisition of Beats.

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  • Crosseyedmofo

    itunes radio? whats that?

  • KungFu

    Part of the iPod/music app on iOS devices when your locale is set to USA.

  • tzimm93

    I think he/she was using sarcasm. Referring to us Canadians STILL not having iTunes Radio.

  • Luc

    I found it funny that the new site design that occured after the last keynote address uses the icon of a classic ipon in the store header, all the while retiring the iPod at the same time.