Apple sold around 6 million iPods in Q1FY14. Although sales picked up, compared to Q4FY13, they dropped compared to the year ago quarter.
Just short of a billion dollars. That’s how “little” the iPod contributed to Apple’s revenue of $57.6 billion in Q1FY14. That’s a lot of money, and most companies would probably be happy with just the iPod business, but this is Apple.
So, will they drop the item that arguably turn the companies’ fortune around in 2001?
I don’t think so, at least not yet.
Apple hasn’t been afraid of cannibalizing their own products, which is what they did with the iPod when the iPhone was introduced in 2007, and to a lesser extent the iPad in 2010, so I think the iPod is dying – it’s just that Apple will not can in now.
Call it sentimental, but I think the iPod will be around for another few years.