The iPod Classic, a staple product in the Apple line. Or is it? Recently, the large storage and excellent value the Classic brings to the table have been overshadowed by regular updates of the more flashy devices, like the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Unlike its siblings, the iPod Classic hasn't been updated for years. Four years in fact, and in the technology world that's practically a century. Four years is so long to go without an update that many people I've talked to didn't even know Apple still made it, let alone people still bought it. The lack of attention it's received has led to the big question, why do Apple still make it?
Well, it's still the only iPod you can get with 160GB of storage. That's about 40,000 songs. So the Classic is designed for the music enthusiast that wants to take everything with them, without the distraction of apps. Then, tradition comes into play. The iPod Classic's clickwheel will forever remain iconic in the history of Apple and its great resurgence. It also only costs £199, the same as a 16GB iPod Touch. So, with value for money in mind, the Classic certainly wins outright.
All this is quite possibly going to change at Apple's event on Tuesday. There is speculation that Apple will release their new phone with even higher capacity than before, and this means lots of people might ditch their iPod Classics. No one wants an extra device to lose in their pocket, so if they can squeeze almost all of their music on to their phone, the likelihood is they will. And there we have the death of the iPod Classic. Some people think Apple might preemptively kill it off tomorrow.
The iPod Classic only caters for a small niche anyway: music buffs and parents who don't want their kids playing games. The only big plus it maintains, and will continue to maintain, is its battery life. The week long battery is the only reason I still keep mine: when I go travelling and plug sockets aren't easy to find, I can still listen to my music on the go.
Beyond that though, it won't really be missed if it does get scrapped. Sure, Apple purists may feel like it's the end of an era, but the people who the Classic caters for most probably already have one, and won't notice if they stop getting made.