The iPod as we know it is officially dead. On May 10, Apple announced it was quietly discontinuing the $199 iPod Touch, the latest version of its iconic MP3 player. Basically an iPhone without the whole phone part, the iPod Touch will still be available “while supplies last,” and if you’re looking for a dedicated music player or kid-friendly iOS device — or just need an occasional break from your phone — there are some great reasons to get one while you still can.
Although we don’t know exactly how long they will be available, as of this writing, the iPod Touch is available on Apple’s website, as well as most major third-party retailers such as Amazon and Walmart. You can get one in Space Grey, Silver, Pink, Blue, Gold and Product Red, a lovely color palette with some vibrant hues that you won’t find on the new iPhone 13 range. Here’s where to buy the latest iPod Touch and why you might want to.
An affordable iOS device ideal for children
A great device for kids or those looking for a dedicated music player, the latest iPod Touch combines a vibrant 4-inch screen and reliable performance in an attractive, pocket-friendly design.
Why do you want an iPod Touch?
Considering that virtually everyone uses their smartphone as a music player, what’s the point of buying an iPod these days? For starters, the $199 iPod Touch is a great first iOS device for younger users who don’t yet need a full-fledged phone — especially considering it’s more than half the price of even the cheapest iPhone.
It has access to the wealth of apps and games in Apple’s App Store, meaning kids can play Roblox, watch their favorite videos on YouTube, or jam to Disney soundtracks without constantly having to borrow an adult’s phone. And thanks to Apple’s robust iOS parental controls, you can set screen time limits and app restrictions to ensure your child doesn’t sit in front of a screen or access inappropriate content all day. This might also help prepare the youngsters in your life for their first handset – the iPod Touch was my first iOS device back in 2008 or so, and when I got an iPhone a few years later I was up and running right away.
The iPod Touch is also a good secondary device for Android users who want to enjoy some of the exclusive apps, games, and features of iOS without having to switch to a completely different phone. You no longer have an excuse to get kicked out of group chats or FaceTime calls.
Finally, Apple’s latest iPod could appeal to old-school or minimalist users who really want a device just for playing music. Smartphones fill up quickly with apps, photos, and messages, so serious listeners who prefer to download than stream could get a lot out of a dedicated music player — especially when loading up space-consuming, high-resolution audio files. You also have the freedom to listen to music on the go while taking a break from your phone, which we all could use a little these days. And unlike the latest iPhones, the iPod Touch still comes with a free pair of EarPods in the box – and even includes a headphone jack!
Regardless of your reason for buying, you’re getting a pretty sleek and modern iOS device for your money. The latest iPod is effectively a slimmer iPhone SE with a vibrant 4-inch screen, a decent 8-megapixel camera and an Apple A10 Fusion processor that delivers smooth performance for apps, games, and games in our seventh-gen iPod Touch review and delivered augmented reality experiences. Better still, it supports the latest iOS 15 software update, so you won’t miss out on features like customizable home screen widgets or SharePlay for watching movies together over FaceTime.
In its press release, Apple emphasized that the spirit of the iPod lives on through the company’s offering of smartphones, tablets, and dedicated speakers like the HomePod Mini. And while that’s true, I’m sure many of us cherish the days when we’ve loaded our music libraries onto the clunky click-wheel iPod, taken the slimmer iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle on the go, or discovered iOS for the first time on an iPod Touch.
Luckily, the latest iPod Touch remains a great buy for kids, digital music snobs, or die-hard Apple collectors. If you want to own what may be the last iPod ever made, don’t miss your chance.
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