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iPods are selling for thousands on eBay as Apple announces it’s discontinuing them

todayMay 11, 2022

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This week Apple announced that it is discontinuing the iPod – one of its most successful products that revolutionised the way we listen to music.

Apple launched its first iPod Classic back in 2001 with a $399 price tag, which shocked fans who had become accustomed to using significantly cheaper portable CD players and Walkmans.

Fast-forward almost 21 years to today, and your old iPods could now be worth an eye-watering amount of money.

Amid the news of its discontinuation, listings for iPods on eBay have surged, with many sellers asking for huge sums of money for their retro devices.

Speaking to MailOnline, James Andrews, senior personal finance editor at money.co.uk, said: ‘With iPods discontinued, you might be asking whether it’s time to cash in on some of your old tech.

‘The first thing to say is don’t get excited by list prices on ebay. While a few models are selling for thousands, the vast majority are selling for far less. 

‘But that doesn’t mean you couldn’t pick up a reasonable amount. Do a search and check recent sold prices for models like your own to see what you’re likely to get.

‘In general, the best prices go to iPod Classic models, in great condition and with all the leads needed included. If you’re lucky enough to have an unopened U2 Special Edition iPod from 2004 in the back of a cupboard, it could make you thousands.’

From the original iPod Classic to the brightly-coloured iPod Mini, here’s how much your old Apple gadgets could be worth.

iPod Classic

The first iPod Classic was launched in October 2001 and was priced at $399, with six further generations going on sale until 2008.

If you have a first-generation iPod Classic at the back of one of your drawers, you could be in for a treat.

Yesterday, an iPod Classic 5GB 1st Gen sold on eBay for $1,599 with an additional $114.60 shipping – a 330 per cent increase on the original price!

Newer generations are also popular on eBay, with a seventh generation iPod Classic selling in April for $1,388, and another in February for $1,045.

One ambitious seller listed their first-generation iPod Classic on eBay in 2019 for $19,995 (£15,367), although it remains unclear how much the item actually fetched. 

iPod Mini

iPod Mini, which launched in 2004, was slightly smaller than the iPod Classic and came in a range of bright colours.

At $249, it was slightly more affordable than its predecessor, making it a popular choice among Apple fans.

Unfortunately, the iPod Mini isn’t worth a huge amount just yet, if the sold items on eBay are anything to go by.

On May 3, an iPod Mini second generation was sold on eBay for $324.99, while a first-generation device only sold for $290 in March.

iPod Shuffle

Apple released its first screenless iPod in 2005, in the form of the iPod Shuffle, which started at just $99.

Like the iPod Mini, it appears the iPod Shuffle hasn’t hugely increased in value.

A first-generation iPod Shuffle only fetched $129.99 when it sold on eBay in February, while a second-generation device sold for a modest $199.99 in March.

iPod Nano

The iPod Nano also launched in 2005, priced at $149, and was considered a huge modernisation over the Shuffle, thanks to its colour screen for album art.

This device has more than doubled in value, according to recent eBay auctions.

In March, second-generation iPod Nanos were sold for $399.99 and $382.47.

iPod Touch

While many of us take touchscreen devices for granted now, the iPod Touch was revolutionary when it launched back in 2007.

The $299 device could surf the web when connected to Wi-Fi, and had 8GB of storage for songs, photos and apps.

If you have an iPod Touch at home, you’ll be delighted to hear that it appears to have skyrocketed in value.

In March, a fourth-generation iPod Touch sold for a whopping $6,524.07 – a huge 2,081 per cent increase on the original price – while a sixth-generation device sold in April for $3,470.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

Written by: New Generation Radio

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