The iPod touch was discontinued by Apple on Tuesday, the last iPod in the company’s hardware lineup.
While iPods haven’t been exclusively focused on music for years, here’s how the staff of Input will remember the dedicated MP3 players that came before.
My first iPod was a green mini. I still remember the six songs that my parents allowed me to purchase (god, remember when we still purchased music?) and would play on repeat:
— Tom Caswell
The first iPod I ever owned was an iPod video my mom gave me after she got an iPhone. I don’t remember a ton about it other than I think I used it to exclusively listen to Room on Fire by The Strokes.
I wouldn’t get an iPod that was truly my own until sometime between middle school and high school. That iPod touch was my company through a hugely transitional part of my life. There was nothing better after a cross-country meet than laying down, drinking a smoothie, and popping in my headphones. Truly a simpler time.
— Ian Campbell
A family friend showed me his original iPod at a pool party in 2002. I asked for each successive model for each holiday from there on out. My parents bought me a Creative Zen Sleek (which I loved!) in middle school instead.
Finally, I saved up and bought the 2nd-gen iPod touch, on which I learned how fun jailbreaking and sideloading can be — a development that, in hindsight, really set off my love of tech in general.
— Matt Wille
The first iPod I ever got was a silver iPod nano — it came free with my first MacBook (with mail-in-rebate, remember those?). I listened the hell out of it during college and spent too many hours playing Brick with the click wheel.
I don't think I ever bought a single song from iTunes for my iPod nano; I filled it with the massive collection of MP3s I had downloaded from Kazaa and LimeWire. When I got a Sony Ericsson phone with a built-in MP3 player, there was no reason for me to use the iPod nano other than to flex the white earbuds.
— Ray Wong
I’m honestly getting way too emotional even thinking about my first iPod, a black 1st-gen nano. It was a game-changing upgrade from a portable CD player and truly the catalyst for my transformation into a full-fledged Myspace emo, and will forever hold a place in my heart. I still remember being so surprised to get one, even though I’d begged for it after a middle-school classmate showed me hers.
It had to have been one of the last gifts my dad ever gave me, too, before he passed away in 2007, and he’d gotten it engraved with a message I personally suggested but am now much too ashamed to share (lol). My song library was filled with sketchy files from LimeWire, which my brother and I clandestinely used on our shared family computer before we presumably murdered it by doing so.
The black nano was eventually replaced by a PRODUCT(RED) 3rd-gen iPod nano, the square(ish) one AKA the best one. It will forever be my favorite music and movie player — yes, I had both Fight Club and Across the Universe loaded onto there and I watched them all the time on that two-inch screen. Drag me.
Abandoning iPods and the like was the beginning of the end for fun, genuinely practical tech. Call me when it’s time for the comeback.
— Cheyenne MacDonald