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  • Surely, the iPod Classic Will be Missed


    The heftiest iPod of them all, the iPod Classic; which can hold up to a jaw-dropping 160GB of media, is celebrating its tenth birthday today. It is also mourning the fact that it might be coming to an end. It seems that the iPod Classic might be headed out the door after serving quite a few years in Apple's sales arsenal. The iPod Classic was not refreshed during last Fall's iPod event.

    Most people will agree that the iPod Touch is the better iPod because of the myriad of functions it can perform. Click wheel iPods simply cannot scale up to the iOS age that Apple has brought us into.



    Covered here, by Phillip Swanson, is a report of Apple discontinuing click wheel games. It seems to make sense when you put two and two together. The iPod Classic is a click wheel iPod. Slowly, it seems, Apple has been trying to steer away from the older generation of iPods and into the new realm of iOS devices. Apple is certainly interested in multitouch devices - an ambition that has been illuminated through the push of gestures in Mac OS X Lion, and the consistent refresh of iPod Touches, iPhones, and iPads. The current version of the iPod nano even supports multitouch.

    Another thing to consider is that the iPod Classic uses a hard disk drive for its media storage as shown here by a tear-down performed by iFixit. So far, all of the other iPod models use flash memory. Apple has even brought flash memory to its refreshed MacBook Airs which used to house a 120GB 4200-rpm hard disk drive (before the new design refresh two generations ago). Another form of memory that Apple is introducing is storage in the cloud. Apple's Macs and iOS devices all have the capability to connect to the internet to store media without using their internal storage via iCloud. Could this be another reason that Apple may be doing away with the iPod Classic?

    Would you like to see the iPod classic leave Apple's racks? Share your thoughts below.

    Sources: Apple, iFixit
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Surely, the iPod Classic Will be Missed started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      To the iPod! The device that saved Apple in the 90's and allowed it to become to lawsuit swilling behemoth it is today
    1. Aenima133's Avatar
      Aenima133 -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      To the iPod! The device that saved Apple in the 90's and allowed it to become to lawsuit swilling behemoth it is today
      Amen brother!
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      iPod Video was the best iPod created!
    1. Maverick00's Avatar
      Maverick00 -
      Dang, I've never owned a click wheel iTem, but but just the fact that I can never own one after the 4th is kind of saddening....
    1. Mysterion's Avatar
      Mysterion -
      I would get a iPod Classic if it was $20
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      I will miss the click wheel. That's why I have iClassic installed.

      Hope they come out with 160GB iPhones and iPod Touches. Or at least 120GB
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      The iPod classic is (excuse the pun) CLASSIC! Clickwheel was what gave the iPod it's uniqueness
    1. SharpieBandit's Avatar
      SharpieBandit -
      iPod Touches are useless to me since I have an iPhone. The Classic is the only iPod that I would consider getting. Hopefully mine doesn't die on me and I can keep using it.
    1. bfj's Avatar
      bfj -
      Quote Originally Posted by SharpieBandit View Post
      iPod Touches are useless to me since I have an iPhone. The Classic is the only iPod that I would consider getting. Hopefully mine doesn't die on me and I can keep using it.
      Totally agree. That's why I have a classic.
    1. iSteed's Avatar
      iSteed -
      This iPod has a place in apple's arsenal... I really wish they would not eliminate this
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      To the iPod! The device that saved Apple in the 90's and allowed it to become to lawsuit swilling behemoth it is today
      So true. So true.
    1. Jaywu's Avatar
      Jaywu -
      I have had my 160gb ipod classic since it came out & I still love it click wheel and all!!! I've always said that the only way I would upgrade to the iPod touch is if they brought out a 160gb. Still waiting apple.
    1. ikesmasher's Avatar
      ikesmasher -
      nooo! i like a simple device that has a screen. Screw you apple :/
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jaywu View Post
      I have had my 160gb ipod classic since it came out & I still love it click wheel and all!!! I've always said that the only way I would upgrade to the iPod touch is if they brought out a 160gb. Still waiting apple.
      160GB is not a flash storage reality. There are rumors that a 128GB might be on its way, though. Soon but not necessarily the next release.
    1. amyking's Avatar
      amyking -
      really?