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Is now the time for iPods to make a comeback?

Culture writer Niko Stratis unpacks why she thinks the current generation is chasing a device not built for the world they live in right now — the iPod.

Niko Stratis reacts to the news that Urban Outfitters will be selling refurbished, retrofitted iPods

SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 14:  A pedestrian passes a wall covered with Apple iPod advertisements July 14, 2005 in San Francisco, California. Shares of Apple Computer surged Thursday after the company reported its best quarterly profit ever. Apple?s net income rose to $320 million, or 37 cents per share, up from the $61 million and 8 cents per share the company reported in the same quarter last year.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A pedestrian passes a wall covered with Apple iPod advertisements on July 14, 2005 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

In 2001, the lives of music lovers around the world changed forever with the advent of the iPod.

However, music streaming has since brought an untimely end to the iPod's reign  — though fans of the device may be surprised to hear that Apple only officially discontinued the device last year.

Now, Urban Outfitters is selling refurbished and retrofitted iPods for hundreds of dollars. Culture writer and friend of Commotion Niko Stratis joins guest host Amil Niazi to unpack why she believes the current generation is chasing a device not built for the world they live in right now.

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You can listen to the full discussion from today's show on CBC Listen or on our podcast, Commotion with Elamin Abdelmahmoud, available wherever you get your podcasts.


Interview with Niko Stratis produced by Ty Callender.

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