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iPod classic and shuffle to be discontinued?


iPod classic and shuffle to be discontinued?
iPod classic and shuffle to be discontinued?

Apple may discontinue the venerable iPod classic and iPod shuffle this year, bringing about the biggest changes in years to the company's lineup of mp3 players. That the classic may be ditched has long been a rumour but dropping the shuffle is a newer development.

The latest rumours come from TUAW, with it claiming to have heard from a reliable source - it makes a point of noting that the source isn't just an analyst - that both models will be dropped in the next round of iPod updates. The reasons for doing this could be manifold but the streamlining of the range to only have touchscreen enabled models seems to be the most likely.

The iPod classic still has a large following thanks to it being one of the few mp3 players still available with a proper hard drive with capacities extending to 160GB. In contrast the iPod touch maxes out at 64GB, though with this announcement we may be able to get our hopes up that the next touch model will go up to 128GB.

iPod classic and shuffle to be discontinued?

A control system and layout that's simple and easy to use has also seen the classic have huge staying power, despite changing little in overall design from the original iPod. As such, there's potential for a move to a fully touchscreen range to put off those simply after a simple music playing life.

As for the shuffle, its days seemed numbered as soon as the latest iPod nano was revealed - it's essentially a shuffle with a screen... or the shuffle's a nano without a screen. The suggestion is that the nano will become the budget iPod option, though it won't receive a price cut. Meanwhile the iPod touch would sit as the only premium alternative.

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That Apple would cut down its range quite so dramatically seems somewhat unlikely to us, and we suspect there will be something to fill the budget gap, but we will see.

We generally expect an update to the iPod range around this time of year but with the Apple iPhone 5 announcement next week, we may see this pushed back.

All told, given the age of both the shuffle and classic, we fully expect the bulk of this rumour to hold true. Would this upset you, or have you long been waiting for this move? Let us know in the comments.

Russell Peto

September 28, 2011, 4:03 pm

I think this is a terrible move. Whilst I love my iPhone and it is my constant companion, it just isn't as good as my classic iPod at playing music on the move.

Quite apart from the difference in storage size there's no getting around the fact that you can operate the classic iPod in your pocket by touch alone without having to get it out in public, unlock the screen, make sure you haven't accidentally gone into song information or some other extraneous screen and only then can you tap the completely non-tactile screen to skip the track/pause/whatever.

The classic may not do apps, or email or any of the other touch/iphone tricks but it does what it does very very well.

P.S. while I'm complaining: the comment system on the new site is horrible and only barely functional.
The pop up containing what appears to be a duplicate of the entire website is counter intuitive and you have to reload the site to comment on anything else.


September 28, 2011, 4:26 pm

and while we're talking about the site, the page to change account settings doesn't exist. Really frustrating. Also, could I ask a much bigger question; has site traffic increased since the redesign, or dropped?

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