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Get Ready To Kiss The Click Wheel iPod Classic Goodbye

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Looks like its time to kiss the click wheel goodbye, as this is the year the iPod classic will die. As noted by Wired, a new iPod classic is one thing we’re not expecting to see at Tuesday’s Apple event. Analyst Charles Golvin says, “I don’t see Apple investing any more into the iPod classic, even just to upgrade the connector”.

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The current iPod classic, which was introduced back in 2009, offers 160 GB of storage for up to 40,000 songs. Other products offer ample music storage plus a host of other functions, and make more sense for Apple to produce. Anthony Scarsella, the chief gadget officer of Gazelle.com notes that it’s been two years since the iPod classic has been updated so we can assume “it will be phased out” this year.

“Honestly, I think it’s time for [the iPod classic] to be retired,” Boundless app CEO Ariel Diaz said. “It may be serving a small space for lots of music in a compact package, but it’s already an antiquated notion as we move to a world of streaming music instead of local MP3s and AACs.”

Even if it’s shrinking, the iPod classic still has a dedicated audience. Michael Simmons, co-founder of Flexibits (the company behind apps like Fantastical), still owns and uses his iPod classic.

“I’ve had it forever,” Simmons said. He had an original iPod, then got a classic when those came out. “I’m a musician. I love music so I have a ton of music.” As a frequent traveler, the iPod classic comes in handy — Simmons knows he has all of his music in his pocket, and doesn’t need to worry about syncing.

There is no denying that the iPod transformed the world of music, setting the stage for the iPhone and the mobile revolution. But when the new iPhones take the stage next week, we may see that same iPod quietly disappear forever.

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  • Chrome262

    I still have my 60 gig one, still works, battery is crap though. But stopped using it when i got my first touch. Now with the phone, and the realization that although I have tons of music, I only really listen to a core 500 songs. Sure I add and change this but, I don’t need a play list thats more than a week long lol. And you got to love the apps. One device to do everything is what I have always wanted and the iPod classic was just a stop to that eventuality lol

  • First of all, we don’t know this for sure, it’s just speculation. It’s not even based on any “sources close to Apple” like most rumours, just analysts giving personal opinions. Granted, it’s fairly likely to happen, but the first sentence in the article makes it sound like fact, which it’s not at this point. I see that Wired originally made the statement in their article, but that doesn’t make it right.

    Anyways, as for what this might indicate, I’m hoping that if this does happen, it’ll be because they’ll be increasing storage options on the iPhone and iPod touch to 128GB, making the gap between the capacity on those devices and the iPod Classic to small to be worth it. I think the only reason they kept the Classic around for so long was the capacity advantage over the iPhone and iPod.

  • …and it looks like the iPod Classic is still available. I’m guessing it’ll stick around for another year until the iPhone is available in a 128GB configuration.

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