Cristiano Ronaldo was spotted with an iPod that Apple hasn't updated in almost 8 years
- Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was spotted wearing an iPod Shuffle Monday as he greeted fans before a game.
- Ronaldo appears to be listening to a 4th Generation iPod Shuffle, which was released by Apple in 2010 and discontinued in 2017.
- The internet reacted to Ronaldo's outdated device with shock and amusement.
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A week into the new decade, Cristiano Ronaldo is already bringing back 2010s nostalgia.
The soccer superstar was spotted wearing a years-old iPod Shuffle as he greeted fans before a game in Turin, Italy on Monday, TMZ first reported.
Ronaldo's iPod appears to be a 4th Generation Shuffle, which Apple first rolled out in 2010. The device was discontinued in 2017, but Shuffles are far from rare - used iPod Shuffles typically sell for around R400 online. Ronaldo is one of the highest-paid athletes in the world with a net worth of over $450 million – more than R6.5 billion.
It's unclear whether Ronaldo's had the Shuffle clipped on to his tie as humorous fashion statement, or because he genuinely enjoys the random song selection of the mini music player, which does not allow users to select particular tracks and which has a max capacity of 4GB, or 1,000 songs.
While iPods were once a cash cow for Apple, the company has moved away from the devices now that most users store music on their phones - Apple has not rolled out a new line of iPods since the iPod Touch in 2015, which has only seen minor updates since then.
The internet reacted to Ronaldo's iPod with a mixture of bewilderment and admiration Monday.
Everyone mocking Cristiano Ronaldo for using an iPod Shuffle - why? The guy bought a gadget he still likes, still finds useful. He's not adding to the pollution caused by treating tech as a fashion accessory. Give the guy a break! pic.twitter.com/xpaT4rDPaT— Sir Snigdha KBE (@snigskitchen) January 6, 2020
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