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Jobs: iPod classic to stay alive

updated 05:55 pm EDT, Tue March 22, 2011

Apple chief says iPod classic to stay for now

The iPod classic is still going to survive for awhile longer, Apple's CEO Steve Jobs is now known to have said in e-mail. A fan urged him not to kill off the hard drive MP3 player as it was the "the best iPod in the line" after worrying about the lack of updates at the September 1 event last year. "We have no plans to," the company co-founder wrote back to the MacRumors reader from his iPhone.

Ever since the introduction of the iPod classic in 2007, Apple has taken a conservative update to the design that many have taken as a sign it had fallen out of favor. Minor feature additions and fixes continue to roll out, but the design has remained the same. Most changes have related to price and size; the iPod had its 160GB capacity for two out of three years and has mostly brought that storage down in price and thickness.

Apple has centered almost all its attention on the smartphone-level iPod touch and the small, popular iPod nano. Many enthusiasts have nonetheless clung to the iPod classic, either to use it as a music hub for the car or stereo or else as a way of getting a collection of lossless music that might not otherwise fit on a 64GB player.

Jobs' statement isn't a guarantee of the iPod classic staying for next year, since a decision could have been made months later. Toshiba has raised hopes by unveiling a 220GB 1.8-inch drive that would fit into the dimensions of the current classic and would give it even more storage, but its use depends on whether Apple values the capacity or a lower price.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Jimi

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    Joined: Mar 2011


    The ipod that won't die

    I have an ipod touch an iphone BUT an ipod classic in every car I own(3) this is a relaible ipod that will work in temperatures that the ipod touch won't,I love it and will alwaus have one.

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    which... what apple and he will be saying up until you no longer can get an iPod classic. As in, they never tell anyone when anything dies, so why should they start with some kid in an email.

  1. juraiprince

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I still think the writing's on the wall...

    I would hate to see it go. Even Apricorn is no longer selling it's replacement 240 GB Hard Drive that fits the iPod 5G video. Which makes me so glad I picked up one last year.

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