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- The soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was spotted wearing an iPod Shuffle on Monday as he greeted fans before a game.
- Ronaldo appeared to be listening to a 4th Generation iPod Shuffle, which Apple released in 2010 and discontinued in 2017.
- The internet reacted to Ronaldo’s outdated device with shock and amusement Monday.
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Less than 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 about $25 online. Ronaldo, however, is one of the highest-paid athletes in the world and has a net worth of over $450 million.
It’s unclear whether Ronaldo had the Shuffle clipped on to his tie as a 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 has a max capacity of 4 GB, 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 play music on their phones – Apple has not rolled out a new line of iPods since the iPod Touch in 2015, which has seen only minor updates since then.
The internet reacted to Ronaldo’s iPod with a mixture of bewilderment and admiration Monday.
IT’S 2020 AND CRISTIANO RONALDO IS WEARING A CLIP-ON IPOD SHUFFLE ???? pic.twitter.com/NzL6OrLvcy
— Jack J Collins (@jackjcollins) January 6, 2020
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
Cristiano Ronaldo Ipod Shuffle
Best in 2008 pic.twitter.com/r5DvZKHLAI
— Elliot Hackney (@ElliotHackney) January 6, 2020