“The original iPod music player debuted 13 years ago, in October 2001. It remained one of Apple’s core product categories over the years, despite declining sales and a world of listeners increasingly more reliant on streaming subscription services,” Nick Statt and Shara Tibken report for CNET. “Now, as Apple moves into larger-screen smartphones and wearable devices for our wrists with the unveiling of the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch Tuesday, a standalone MP3 player has become too antiquated to keep alive.”
“When Apple’s online store came back online this afternoon at around 12:00 p.m. PT, the iPod classic — the company’s last touchscreen-less music player that first debuted in 2007 — was gone,” Statt and Tibken report. “It seems that even nostalgia cannot keep the once-flagship Apple product from a world of larger screens, diminishing storage needs, and music we subscribe to access instead of pay for. You will be missed, iPod classic, yet not forgotten.”
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MacDailyNews Take: R.I.P. iPod classic and venerable Click Wheel. You served Apple very, very well!
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