Will iPod classic survive Apple’s September 1st special event?

New iPod classic, take-everything-everywhere“I try to avoid making Apple predictions, but the company could make an end-run around the limitations of flash storage,” Harry McCracken writes for Technologizer.

What makes the iPod Classic the iPod Classic? Three things, really:
• A ton of capacity-enough gigs for nearly anyone to tote nearly all of his or her music collection, and/or copious amounts of video
• The iconic iPod click wheel interface and corresponding onscreen menu system
• The inability to run iOS apps
• The lack of any way to communicate with the outside world except via USB connection

MacDailyNews Take: That’s four things, not three, Harry (and it’s “iPod touch” and “iPod classic,” lowercase “t” and “c,” not “iPod Touch” or “iPod Classic.” Sheesh – sorry, pet peeve!)

McCracken writes, “Massive storage is unquestionably a pro, not a con. The classic iPod interface is a good thing, but it, like the original 1984 Macintosh design which went away in 1995, is a good thing from another era. It won’t be with us forever, and that’s okay. Inability to run apps? Definitely a con. And these days, not having a direct wireless connection to the Internet is also a con.”

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McCracken writes, “Apple could very easily respond to all this next week with one simple move: It could retire the iPod Classic as we know it and introduce an iPod Touch that packs all the goodness of the current Touch, cameras on the front and back, FaceTime capability, and…a 160GB (or larger) hard drive… The only real downside: this Touch would have to be a tad thicker than flash-based models.”

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29 Comments

  1. Yes. Classic is likely living its final week as a current model. This time next week, it will be in ‘Clearance’ status.

    If we follow the upgrade path so far, we should see the top-of-the-line Touch to get 128GB of storage (close enough to the Classic 160GB).

    There is, however, ONE other (fifth) think that makes Classic classic: it is the disk storage mode. You can allocate part of your iPod disk space as USB external disk storage space. Same as the Nano and the Shuffle. But not available on Touch (or the iPhone). It is a great feature on those other devices, and I miss it on the Touch.

  2. It will survive because its a massive storage device and the one product that started all this madness. Don’t be surprised if it goes to 250gig. I know a lot of people who still use it to bring huge video files. But won’t be upset if stays where its at or discontinued.

  3. I tend to think there’s a place for the classic as there will always be those that want to carry their entire library, but ONLY in uncompressed or lossless format (because they only play their audio from high end equipment). For them, a “slightly better than carting around a hard drive filled with tunes” is a good product, but the question is whether there are enough of those people to warrant a modest capacity upgrade.

  4. I think the classic has enough distinguishing features to make it worth keeping, but if sales numbers don’t support it, I can see it getting yanked from the product line. I still keep my iPod 3G because of the disk mode/capacity.

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