The iPod Is Kaput
Sales way down this holiday season: Sean Hollister
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 28, 2014 11:53 AM CST
The original iPod is displayed after its introduction by Steve Jobs during a news conference in Cupertino, Calif. in this Oct. 23, 2001 file photo.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, file)

(Newser) – This holiday season, Apple sold 6 million iPods—a 52% decline over the year before, and a paltry number compared to the 51 million iPhones and 26 million iPads it unloaded. Apple brought in $57.6 billion in revenue last quarter, of which iPod sales contributed only $973 million. Other than a cheaper iPod Touch, there were no new iPods introduced mid-2013. Looks like the now-classic gadget is on its way out, writes Sean Hollister at the Verge.

Its sales decline probably has a lot to do with Apple's self-"cannibalization," which the company has acknowledged. "Every one of those 51 million iPhones can take the place of an iPod," Hollister writes. Of course, it could also be that fewer people bought iPods over the holidays precisely because there weren't new models. Still, "sales have declined time and again" ever since 2009, Hollister notes. But he acknowledges that the device's future remains "completely uncertain"; there's always the chance that Apple will revive it the way the company recently brought back the Mac Pro. Click for Hollister's full column.

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Jan 30, 2014 9:13 AM CST
My iPOD has 160 GB and nothing Apple Inc makes even comes close. What a shame they can't do something with than quantity.
Jan 29, 2014 10:01 AM CST
I love my Ipods. I have a cell phone that is a phone, and two ipods for music. I don't want a phone that does everything. I can bring my ipod to work, where cell phones are not permitted.
Jan 29, 2014 8:16 AM CST
The iPOD changed the way I listened to music. Mine's loaded with over 10k songs. They are less expensive to purchase, so I listen to a much wider variety of music.