iPod Sales Falling: Touch Accounts for 50%- 3D Introduction?

For a long time now the iPod has been the undisputed kinng of mp3, but with the introduction of the iPhone and music capabilities of the latest smartphones; Apple’s classic gadget is suffering.

Apple’s quarterly figures have been showing large increases in the sales of iPhones, iPads and Macs; however the iPod is falling in the amount of units that are being sold. According to the Wall Street Journal, iPad and iPhone have had record sales in Q1. The iPod Touch is the model which is keeping Apple’s sole mp3 business alive, with Mashable reporting that the Touch now accounts for half of iPod sales. The sales from the iPods are still generating profit for Apple so it is highly unlikely that the device will be scrapped.

Quite the opposite actually, as Geeky Gadgets has reported that the next generation iPod touch may come with a glasses free 3D display similar to that of the forthcoming Nintendo 3DS. At this stage these are rumours, but Apple would not want to see a 3D handheld gaming device like the DS, stealing some of their iOS gaming sales. We also brought you a post about the possibility of the iPhone 5 carrying 3D technology.

What would you like to see happen to the iPod? Is there still a market for it and should it be upgraded with 3D technology? Or has the bold mp3 player had its moment in the spotlight and should now gracefully step aside and retire? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment.