Skip to main content

Apple iPod Classic Lives On, But For How Long?

So Apple hasn't killed the iPod Classic, but the fact that it wasn't even mentioned in the "let's talk iPhone" event (which saw ample references to the iPod Nano and the iPod Touch) means that the venerable music player is all but dead.

We were expecting the worse after Apple yanked iPod clickwheel games from the App store last week, which left us to believe that the iPod Classic was on its way out.

The device is very good at one thing only though, storing vast amounts of songs. It costs £199 and has 160GB storage capacity - more than twice the 64GB offered by the iPod Touch - with the most recent (and probably last) update being carried back in 2009.

It's worth highlighting that of all the devices announced yesterday, all but one, the iPod Nano ran on iOS, which means that we're slowly moving to a scenario where iOS (or a hybrid Lion/iOS operating system) becomes the underlying platform of all Apple products, mobile or not.

One has to believe that sales figures are good enough for Apple to keep selling and supporting it. For how long? As long as there's demand for it we believe. But don't be surprised if Apple kills it next year with the release of a 128GB iPod Touch.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.