While perusing through one of my news feeds, I was surprised to see this headline from 9to5Mac.com: When should we expect the rumored iPod touch?
Was this, perhaps, a lingering April Fools piece?
Now curious, I clicked on the article, under the not-quite-sure assumption that Apple had stopped making iPods not too long ago. After skimming the article, I was reminded that the iPod Touch is the sole model that Apple still makes, which is going on three years since its last release. While I would not be surprised at the idea that some people still use iPods and iTunes to manage their music, I would not have thought of the possibility that someone may be hoping that Apple makes a next generation iPod.
Truth be told, I arrogantly thought that this author might be some sort of oddball. Now intrigued, I went on to read the rest of the article.
The author, Zac Hall, clarifies why he hopes Apple releases a new iPod later this year:
For some, the iPod touch still serves a sweet spot in the iOS product lineup. For my family, my daughter is still too young for an iPhone and uses the $329 iPad for learning, communication, and some games. The 9.7-inch iPad doesn’t fit in your pocket though (and neither does the 7.9-inch iPad in most cases), so the iPod touch is a fun solution for us.
Unfortunately, the battery inside her iPod touch died last year and I can’t bring myself to replace the old hardware with the same old hardware. The battery is serviceable, but for a $79 fee that could instead be applied toward the purchase of a new iPod touch … if Apple releases one.
The biggest problem with the current hardware (aside from speed) is that it simply can’t support Group FaceTime video calls due to the processor inside. Who knows what future software features will be forgotten when iOS 13 comes around later this summer.
I actually do understand where Hall is coming from. That said, it will be Apple’s marketing research that will decide whether there is enough demand to warrant releasing an updated iPod or not.
There is no doubt that the iPod was a revolutionary product that changed the way many of us consumed our music. While I used the iPod long enough to go through three of them (having gotten several years of use out of each), and enjoyed the portability that they allowed, I never warmed up to iTunes. I remember at least two instances where, even when I thought I knew what I was doing, a syncing problem caused all of my music to be wiped off from the device. While the concept of purchasing individual songs for $.99 was a welcome change versus purchasing $12 to $16 CD albums, I found the iTunes process of managing music — whether it was music purchased from Apple or my own personal MP3 collection — to be a cumbersome experience.
While I don’t remember when I began using the iPod on a daily basis, I do know that I am going on five years since I have last used one. I remember because it coincided with the purchase of a new car. At the time, I was just beginning to explore music streaming, but I was not yet at the point of comfort where I was ready to go all in. While I primarily kept the iPod in the car, I had forgotten to include it with the rest of the essential items that were transferred from my old Toyota Yaris to my new Honda Civic.
The first day in that Civic, and inadvertently without an iPod, I was forced to rely on my phone for music. After about a week or so, I realized that I enjoyed the streaming experience via Google Play Music All Access (as it was then called) so much that I decided to go all in with it. The idea of no longer having to sync a device to a computer and use iTunes to manage music was so liberating that I didn’t mind the added $10 monthly expense.
While I’m not necessarily laughing at anyone waiting for Apple to make a next generation iPod in 2019, I do find the idea amusing.
Today, my abandoned iPod is in the house, somewhere. Most likely in a forgotten box or a drawer. Possibly along with a couple of random CDs or cassette tapes.