R.I.P. Apple iPod classic

“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.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: R.I.P. iPod classic and venerable Click Wheel. You served Apple very, very well!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]


  1. Drat! I guess I need to go buy another one somewhere as a backup. I have 72 GB of music and rising, and I much prefer the Classic user interface. I can move through my library and individual songs, adjust volume, and so forth by touch while walking without having to take the thing out of my pocket, and while driving without taking my eyes off the road. The Classic allows me to put the same song twice on the same playlist, while my iPhone sometimes gets confused.

    Having all my music on one device means I don’t have to anticipate my mood and make choices before a trip. They don’t have REAL clouds in West Texas, much less access to iCloud.

  2. I have a 4th gen iPod “classic,” with a monochrome screen (the FIRST iPod with a click wheel). I bought it used (and broken) on eBay, and replaced its 20GB hard drive with 64GB compact flash card (on an adapter), about 58GB is recognized. It’s better than when it was new, and a “pure” audio media player.

    It holds my complete iTunes music library without compromise, no Internet or streaming required. Its design is focused on being a great audio media player. It does not play videos, show photos, run apps, do fitness, etc. It just plays songs (and other audio), and does that one task REALLY well. It sounds better than ANY other Apple device I own (except maybe my even older 3rd gen iPod).

    Sad to see the last click wheel hard drive iPod retire from the lineup. But it was passed time; I wasn’t going to buy one new for $200+. For those who may want one going forward, do what I did. Get a broken one with bad hard drive for cheap, and upgrade it with modern storage tech (and new battery)… 😉

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