Twenty years ago, it looked like MP3 players would be the final nail in the coffin when it came to vinyl records after years of declining sales compared to cassettes and CDs. After all, why would anyone buy massive LPs that needed to be carefully maintained when you could carry your entire music collection on a single piece of plastic, metal and glass in your pocket?
But instead, Apple Inc. said it will no longer manufacture the iPod music player as companies invest in producing new vinyl records.
Apple announced on May 10 that it would stop manufacturing the iPod Touch, the last iPod in its line.
The original iPod was released in 2001. The first version cost $399 and was made of a blend of polycarbonate/ABS and stamped stainless steel. It won a gold award from the Industrial Designers Society of America that first year.
The announcement of the end of the iPod comes just weeks after four companies announced major production expansions to meet consumer and artist demands for vinyl records. Memphis Record Pressing LLC recently launched a $30 million expansion in Tennessee that will see it churning out 125,000 records a day, Plastics News writes correspondent Jeannie Reall.
A new documentary, vinyl country — currently available for rental for home streaming — traces the enduring love for both records and the unexpected pleasures of finding the perfect album in a record store.
“[It’s] the thrill of what might be behind the door of this little shop,” says one person in the documentary. “I’ve never been amazed to find an MP3.