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Tim Cook: iPod Classic discontinued due to lack of parts


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Apple's Tim Cook has revealed the reason behind the company's decision to cull the iPod Classic: there were no more parts available.

When Apple took its website down to prepare for the iPhone 6 launch at the beginning of September, little did we know that it would spell the end of the device that came to define the MP3 age.

Upon the Apple website's return, there was no iPod Classic to be found, and no indication from Apple as to what had happened to it. There wasn't even a tribute from the company to the device's exemplary service. It was pretty cold.

As unlikely as it sounds, Cook claims that the end of the esteemed iPod Classic was brought about by logistical matters.

Speaking at the recent WSJD Live event, Cook apparently revealed that the company couldn't secure the necessary parts for the iPod Classic from its manufacturers. This meant that, if it was to continue the Classic line, a complete redesign would be in order.

Cook claims that this simply wasn't worth it. Prior to its death the iPod Classic had remained completely unchanged for five years, and fundamentally the same for seven, so a total redesign was always unlikely.

This seems especially so when you consider that that we're living in time in which even the iPod touch looks dangerously close to obsolescence.

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Via: The Verge


October 28, 2014, 11:09 am

It's a shame. No other Apple product yet has come close as a pure music player;

It has a capacity that no other iPod/iPhone has even approached.
It has more granular control over volume than any other device.
It has a battery life that knocks the others into a cocked hat.
It can be operated in the dark or in my pocket.
It's basically indestructible (had mine for 6 years).
Didn't need a wi-fi connection, Apple ID or any other shenanigans.

It will be missed, we shall not look upon its like again.


October 28, 2014, 11:55 am

Will always have a special place in my heart. I think I owned every generation at some point or another! The 2nd Gen which I bought in 2002 was nothing short of revelatory at the time, when "1,000 songs in your pocket" still seemed magical to those of us who grew up with tape walkmans and about 20-30 songs (on a C90) was the norm. I love my iphone and the fact that it combines so many features into one device, but as a pure music player, the ipod classic will always be the champ!

RIP dear friend...

Gareth Burleigh

October 28, 2014, 3:30 pm

To be truthful last keynote I was secretly hoping for a 256Gb or larger solid state iPod, Im sure it would have sold well enough. Just hope my 160Gb Classic lasts some time to come.


October 28, 2014, 8:17 pm

my god you were sleeping with it wasnt you!

go on admit you filthy beggar


October 29, 2014, 3:50 pm

It understood me and my music and the click wheel action was exceptionally smooth... how could I resist?
Had to be careful not to void the warranty with water damage though.

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