Apple quietly removed the iPod classic from its online store today, signaling the demise of the iconic MP3 player that revolutionized the way we listen to music.

The once-flagship Apple product lasted for almost 13 years after the release of its first version in October 2001

There is speculation that declining sales are to blame for phasing out the iPod classic. More importantly, MP3 players are no longer relevant in this fast-moving market. It is simply a matter of time before they die a natural death just like any other obsolete product out there.

After all, it is virtually impossible for a pricey standalone MP3 player to compete against smartphones and wearable gadgets loaded with apps and a built-in music players.

Moreover, streaming music is becoming a norm, particularly for the younger generation.

To say the iPod classic was a game changer is an understatement. Some believe it killed Sony’s Walkman. It radically altered the music industry with its cool minimalist design, 160 GB internal drive, click wheel technology, and $399 price tag.

More than that, the iPod classic disrupted the way we download and purchase music. Peer-to-peer sites used to be the main source for digital songs. Some people would rip CDs and convert them to MP3.

Now, users can buy music directly from iTunes and listen to songs almost instantly.

In 2004, the iPod classic recieved a major upgrade, enabling it to view photos and play videos. It then paved the way to the development of other iPod versions and eventually the birth of iPhone.

This is not a final goodbye yet. iPod shuffle, nano and touch remain on Apple’s roster.