RIP iPod Classic

RIP iPod ClassicApple unveiled three new products last night (iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch), and as more and more stuff is added to the Californians’ current roster, it’s inevitable that some of the older wares will disappear into the shadows.

The latest iCasualty is the iPod Classic, which was quietly removed from the Apple store yesterday after years of faithful service.

If there was any question about us becoming old fogeys, well, the iPod Classic was introduced waaay back in 2001, when we were young, dumb, and full of… er, pith and vinegar.

Of course, the iPod Classic was originally just the iPod; it wasn’t until the sixth-generation in 2007 that the “Classic” suffix was added.

While the device went through multiple iterations, it ultimately retained the same core design: a relatively small display perched above a wheel for navigation. Touch display? Don’t be silly!

One of the most popular aspects of the iPod Classic, certainly in recent years, was the storage capacity, maxing out at a fairly meaty 160GB. The iPhone, for example, has only just crept to 128GB.

The iPod Classic is survived by the iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano and iPod Touch. Rest in peace, little guy.

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matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 10, 2014 at 14:52

I haven't seen anyone using one for years, hell, you barely see any iPod Touches around these days. The dedicated MP3 player seems to be a dying market with the rapid spread of smartphones.

krogothnx  Sep. 10, 2014 at 17:28

i've still got my now 5 year old classic sat in front of me. clickwheel has an annoying bug where it requires locking and unlocking to work again sometimes, and because it was the last-gen one it can't run rockbox, but it is nice to have a generous capacity and something i only have to charge once a week.

that said - i wouldn't be using it at all if my gnex's headphone port wasn't poorly designed as to be unprotected so now it's iffy. having the full power of android means i can download music directly from a variety of sources without touching a computer - for example, i download several podcasts that i can split into individual tracks on the phone with a cue splitter app.

I'm surprised it lasted this long, it hasn't been updated in what, sever years?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 10, 2014 at 18:09

I haven't seen anyone using one for years, hell, you barely see any iPod Touches around these days. The dedicated MP3 player seems to be a dying market with the rapid spread of smartphones.

I still see some now and again, also some teenies sporting iPod Touches. But yes, mostly smartphones, I guess.

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