Anthony Scarsella, the Chief Gadget Officer at Gazelle, the online equipment repurposing company, publishes his reCommerce report where he looks at trends that the company is seeing in terms of devices submitted to Gazelle for recycling and resale. During his recent quarter report, he found quite some interesting stats, noting that his company saw a huge increase of almost 80% in iPod trades in December and January, leading Scarsella to speculate that we’re beginning to see the “end of the iPod.”
According to Scarsella:
When first unveiled in October 2001, many where astonished with the ability to have over 1,000 songs sitting in your pocket. Fast-forward almost 12-years later and we have the iPhone, iPad, iCloud, streaming, 4G and WiFi. Although the iPod is still around, the smartphone has become an easy replacement for the basic MP3 player from Apple.
Another bit of news that might be of interest is that the resale value of the iPhone leapt to record levels, even for broken equipment, and that devices from other manufacturers such as Samsung are beginning to hold their value over time. This wasn’t the case just a few years ago, when a broken iPhone was often more valuable than a working Android device of a similar age.
Do any of you still have an iPod? If so, do you still use it or is it collecting dust?