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Tony Fadell Responds to the iPod’s Death

by Brandon Russell | September 22, 2014September 22, 2014 1:00 pm PST

Tony Fadell

Tony Fadell, mastermind behind Apple’s iPod, is understandably sad to see the media player officially retired. Following the iPhone maker’s most recent announcement, the company quietly sent the classic device out the pasture, signaling the close of an era that essentially put Apple on the map as a technology juggernaut.

Of course, Apple still offers iPad touch devices, but the Classic model was the last remaining iPod that resembled Fadell’s earliest design. Say good-bye to the click wheel forever. I’ve had my fair share of iPods, and it definitely is bittersweet to see them go.

“I’m sad to see it go,” Fadell told Fast Company. “The iPod’s been a huge part of my life for the last decade. The team that worked on the iPad poured literally everything into making it what it was.”

Not long after its announcement, the iPod became a household name in the portable media player market, and dominated the segment over its lifetime. That market slowly gave way to smartphones, which are capable of doing exactly what the iPod was capable of and so much more.

“It was inevitable something would take its place,” Fadell admitted. “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.” Fadell is referring to services like Pandora, Spotify and iTunes Radio, among others.

Not only that, but phones today have more storage than ever, including Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which both have a 128GB option.

Apple’s iPod defined the portable media generation, but that chapter in history has finally come to a close. Fadell is sad, but warned that you “can’t get too nostalgic.” Besides, he has other projects on his mind, like the Nest thermostat.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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