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1.8-inch HDD sales may point to iPod classic's death

updated 11:55 am EDT, Wed July 15, 2009

iPod classic phasing out?

The iPod classic may soon become extinct, at least in its traditional form, recent hard drive sales are thought to indicate. The Classic is the only iPod that continues to use a hard drive, specifically a 1.8-inch 120GB model. A new 250GB Samsung drive has failed to find significant sales, despite being deliberately marketed at builders of media players and netbooks.

The drive would not be as important if a 240GB Toshiba unit, released 10 months ago, was not also in a similar situation. Samsung and Toshiba are the only remaining makers of 1.8-inch hard drives, and if neither company is able to find establish a client base, it may imply by extension that Classics will no longer see any hard drive upgrades. Apple had the option of building a 240GB player at the time the 120GB Classic debuted.

Speculation has held for some time that the Classic could disappear, due to the encroachment of flash-based iPods on many of its features. Greater storage capacity is the Classic's only highlight, and the Touch may begin to compete with a 64GB model anticipated for the fall. A 128GB Touch would likely be necessary before the complete elimination of the Classic.

by MacNN Staff



  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A 240GB Touch would

    be an awesome device except for the fact there would be few people that would buy it. My main music collection could fit within 20 GBs but I could really stuff a lot of videos such as complete TV seasons in a 240 GB device. In theory it would be sweet, but Apple doesn't build devices for low percentage users. They only build devices for average users and that's why their devices sell so well. It's a shame there aren't companies that could do such a retrofit such as adding a hard drive and battery to an iPod Touch.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    My only fear is...

    If the classic is eliminated people who use their iPod as a storage device are in trouble as the iPod Touch doesn't have native external storage capability (without hacks). I don't mind going all flash, but please Apple don't loose the external storage options!!!

  1. dagamer34

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Last full year

    I think the Classic might get a small update this year, but only retail and online Apple stores are going to be stocking them after September. A 64GB iPod Touch should be more than enough for people who are hoarding a bunch of music (honestly, if you have that much legal music, then the Classic will be around for a year). After Apple hits 128GB next year, the Classic will die.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Last full year

    It isn't about music anymore. It's about video.

  1. bluejammm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Makes no sense

    People want one unit that will hold their music, photos and video. I agree with the other poster. The Classic won't die until the Touch gets to 128Gb.
    In a couple years they'll have it in their phone, too!

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Touch HD?

    I personally think they should come out with an iPod Touch HD, or iPod HD, with a 240 gig Hard drive, HDMI output, and the ability to play HighDef video off the device, obviously the screen couldn't be high deff, but it'd compete with the Zune HD, and I could see a LOT of movie fans wanting to buy it. It would also be absolutely great if Apple would work out a deal with hollywood that would let them rip DVDs. Granted it'd be thick as a zune but still!

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