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Tim Cook: iPod Classic discontinued due to lack of parts

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

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