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Is Apple Killing the iPod?

Is Apple Killing the iPod?

It’s official; after 20 long years, Apple has decided to discontinue one of its most loved gadgets, the popular iPod, which was first introduced back in 2001. 

The last iPod to ever launch was the iPod Touch 7th Generation, which was released in mid-2019 and was only sold through offline retailers. Now, Apple has discontinued manufacturing this iPod and has no intention of introducing a successor for it.

We’ve seen several variants of the iPod over the years and it’s sad to see it go but the spotlight was snatched from iPods after 2007 when the first iPhone was released. We, however, haven’t forgotten how iPods disrupted the music industry and changed how people listen to music and consume entertainment.

This lightweight gadget was not the first one to focus on portable digital music but it relied heavily on iTunes to grant access to new music tracks. Its click-wheel for interface control definitely brings up old memories for us and makes us nostalgic.

For those of you who, like us, are the nostalgic kind and want to hold on to the history of iPods, there are still various stores where you can find the iPod Touch 7th Generation. And for those of you who already own an iPod, consider yourself lucky because what you’ve got in your drawer is a legacy device!

What Should I Do with My iPod Now?

Despite being discontinued by Apple, iPods are still pretty popular and current. People have been using their iPods to listen to music, which ultimately helps them in saving up space on their phones for other important things.

You can also use it to listen to podcasts and audiobooks, read your favorite books, stream to AirPlay devices, control music on your Mac via the iTunes Remote app, control your smart home, and do everything else that you would normally do on your phone except for making and receiving calls.

Therefore, it goes without saying that even though Apple is killing the iPod, it’s still pretty much in fashion today. One of the primary reasons to hold on to this legendary device is its ability to play music because, let’s be honest, the need to listen to and jam to your favorite music is more relevant today than it was before.

Since iPods are one of the most favorite devices for music lovers, you too can use them to store all your favorite music and save up that space on your phone! It’s time for you to bring out this old-school device, dust it off, and start jamming on your favorite tracks. 

Don’t know how to put music on iPod? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

How Can I Put Music on My iPod?

While Windows PC users can still use iTunes to transfer their favorite tracks to their iPods, it’s best to steer clear of it as it requires more than a dozen complicated steps. As for Mac users, iTunes has been discontinued for Mac and not everyone can get the hang of transferring music through the Music app on Mac.

Nowadays, many users prefer a straightforward and lightweight application to convert and transfer music to Apple devices. Unfortunately, since many have forgotten about iPods, you won’t find any updated, useful, or relevant guides on how to transfer music to an iPod.

It took us a while but we found the perfect solution to transfer music to an iPod Shuffle, iPod Classic, and iPod Nano without iTunes. Here are all the three easy-to-follow steps you’ll need to complete:

Step # 1: Download and Launch WALTR PRO

First, you’ll need to download WALTR PRO, which is a Windows- and macOS-compatible conversion and transfer tool specifically built for iOS users. The desktop application automatically converts files into the most optimal iOS format and begins transferring the converted files to the connected iOS device.

You can use WALTR PRO to convert and transfer your favorite tracks from your laptop to your iPod.

Step # 2: Connect Your iPod to Your Laptop

Once the download is complete, install and launch WALTR PRO and connect your iPod to your laptop using its USB cable.

If you own a first-second iPod generation, you will need to use a FireWire + USB adapter. On the other hand, if you own a later version of the iPod released after 2004, you can use the standard USB lighting cable.

You will only need to connect your iPod to your laptop using its USB cable the first time, after which the application will automatically connect to your iPod through Wi-Fi, given that both your devices are on the same network and that your iPod supports Wi-Fi.

Step # 3: Drag, Drop, and Enjoy

You can drag and drop a specific song file or an entire music folder into WALTR PRO since it supports batch conversions and transfers. The simple drag-and-drop mechanism will automatically initiate the process and you will have your favorite tracks on your iPod in a few seconds or a couple of minutes, depending on the size of the file[s].

WALTR PRO will automatically detect the format of the files and convert them into an iOS-friendly format before transferring them to your iPod, so you don’t have to worry if your tracks are in a non-compatible format for your iPod.

Once the conversion and transfer process is complete, you will be notified, after which you can enjoy listening to your favorite tracks on your iPod via the Music app.

Conclusion

Although iPod has been discontinued by Apple, many music lovers still use this user-friendly and lightweight device to listen to their favorite tracks on the go. It is easy to carry and eliminates the need to store music on our phones, saving up a lot of storage space for other important things.

Will you be investing in an iPod or dusting off an old one to listen to music? Let us know in the comments section!

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