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iPod classic remains unchanged in wave of updates

updated 05:40 pm EDT, Wed September 1, 2010

Apple waiting on iPod touch capacity?

Despite today updating the Touch as well as the Nano and Shuffle, Apple has left the iPod classic unchanged. The player currently holds about 160GB worth of music and video, and supports up to 36 hours of audio playback. These specifications are no different from the ones announced during last year's iPod refresh.

It is unusual of Apple to leave an iPod static for more than a year. The Classic has become relatively marginalized however, since it is now only one of two iPods not using iOS, and it is missing features present even on the fifth-generation Nano, such as a camera and an FM radio tuner. Its main purpose is to provide the largest possible capacity; it could thus be in a position to be eliminated, if and when Apple releases a Touch with more than 64GB of memory.






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  1. jaskets

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Touch screen interface

    When you are at the gym on the treadmill or rollerblading in the park you don't want to be fiddling with a touch screen interface, or more importantly when you are driving a car. The ease of a tactile wheel is so much easier to do basic functions like pausing, skipping forward and back, etc. I am so glad that they have gone back to the click wheel on the Shuffle at least which is definitely targeted to people on the go. The new Nano appears to be completely useless. The tiny screen is cool to look at, but how often do you actually look at your iPod when you are using it. I can dock my Classic or my Nano into my speaker dock and easily use it. I am not sure how easy it is going to be to use the new Nano in that fashion. I may need to buy an older Nano to have in case my first generation Nano decides to bite the dust.

  1. Foxypaco

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    If they changed it...

    Then it wouldn't be "classic" anymore, now would it?

  1. Mac-a-Bayan

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    iTune's new logo...

    Apple has dramatically updated the iTunes logo:

    Perhaps Apple wants to distance from the CD concept and replace it with a blue sphere and silver border. Worse the Musical note becomes black and its now LIMITED within the sphere losing much of the crisp and vibrance.

    Overall it emanates a different feel or perhaps even --sorry to say-- bad omen. I heard there is a logo feng shui that states that it is not good for logos to have frames or borders because it foretells the product or service's limited potential or success.

    Apple should give this a second look.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Classic forever

    The Classic is so useful to me - I load it up with Lossless music, hook it up to my car stereo interface, put it on album shuffle, and away I go on a 5-hour car trip, with almost endless great sounding entertainment. I'd buy a 240 or even 320GB Classic in a minute.

    No other iPod can give me anything close to this usefulness.

    By the way, the Shuffle doesn't have a real click-wheel: it's just buttons, which makes sense because there's no screen, so why would there be a way to scroll?

    You're right about the new iTunes logo - uglier. Since I don't rent videos, I'm still happily on version 8.2.

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