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R.I.P. iPod Classic

by Sean P. Aune | September 9, 2014September 9, 2014 1:18 pm PST

iPod Classic - RIP with Text

After 1,826 days since it’s last update, the iPod Classic has gone up to Gadget Heaven and Apple has called it a day.

The iPod Classic appears to be no longer offered by Apple as it has been removed quietly from the online store, but, honestly, it really hasn’t been offered in years. While it still remained available on the the company’s online store and in its physical shops, it just wasn’t a device that received any love. It was last updated on Sept. 9, 2009, which in terms of gadgets is about the same as a millennium.

The overall iPod line has seen sales dwindling with each consecutive quarter, with the iPod touch always being stated as more than 50 percent of sales. Beyond that Apple doesn’t break down the numbers, but with the Shuffle and Nano continuing to receive updates, you have to figure that the Classic was seeing minuscule sell through.

As I stated when the iPod Classic hit 1,000 days without an update, I still felt it had a place in the marketplace. While the touch is a great player, it was a worrisome device to use in settings such as the gym. I still use my Classic whenever I workout, and the battery is still chugging along without any issues. (And, yes, I still have a backup Classic that I have yet to open.) Between its durability and storage space, it has been my go to MP3 player for many years, and will be for many more to come.

Sure there are some features I wish it had such as being able to sync wirelessly for podcasts, but I can live without that if it means not shattering my screen while bench pressing.

I’ll miss the Classic, as will the other die hard fans, but I understand why it was time for it to finally be put out to pasture.

We’ll miss you iPod Classic, you were a good friend.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...