Rumor: Apple to shut down iPod Classic and Shuffle?

As Apple gets ready to make its big iPhone 5 reveal on Tuesday, some people are wondering if the company will also make some iPod hardware announcements as the same press event. There hasn't been much in the way of news about Apple's long running line of media players. Now the Unofficial Apple Weblog is reporting via unnamed sources that Apple might discontinue the iPod Classic, the product that started it all, along with the iPod Shuffle.

If true that would reduce the iPod hardware line up to the iPod Touch, which is basically the iPhone without the phone features, and the iPod Nano, which has basically the same casing as the current iPod Shuffle but with a touch screen.

The shut down of the iPod Classic would certainly be an end of an era for Apple. The original iPod, which launched in 2001, has the same case design as the current iPod Classic. Over the years Apple has continued to use that design even as it increased the iPod Classic's hard drive space and later added support for running video and connecting to the iTunes online store. The iPod Shuffle was first launched in 2005 and was always designed to be the smallest and cheapest version of the iPod family. The first version was also the first iPod to use Flash-based storage. It has come in a variety of form factors over the years.

Sales of iPods in general have seen a decline ever since Apple launched its iPhone and later its iPad products. Even with this decline, Apple still controls 70 percent of the media player market.

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No.

NO.

Before EVERY FREAKING PRESS EVENT, there's always this rumor. It's always shot down. Why?

People want a small cheap iPod if they have a small music collection.
People want an iPod with more room than an iPod Touch so they can keep their huge collection of music and/or videos.

Most of the people who would need an iPod classic are probably the same ones who listen to FLAC - which the iPod doesn't support anyway. And if they listen to FLAC, they're also audiophiles who hate the sound quality of the iPod.

So I think the other options on the market will suffice for them

Simon said,
Most of the people who would need an iPod classic are probably the same ones who listen to FLAC - which the iPod doesn't support anyway. And if they listen to FLAC, they're also audiophiles who hate the sound quality of the iPod.

So I think the other options on the market will suffice for them


More like people who want to carry their entire music collection with them, like me. Although my collection currently totals 156GB, 8GB over the iPod Classic's limit.

Simon said,
Most of the people who would need an iPod classic are probably the same ones who listen to FLAC - which the iPod doesn't support anyway. And if they listen to FLAC, they're also audiophiles who hate the sound quality of the iPod.

So I think the other options on the market will suffice for them

So I guess you are unfamiliar with ALAC?... Because last time I checked apple supports that, and it is fairly simple to convert from FLAC to ALAC.

Additionally, if an audiophile is THAT concerned about the "poor" SQ of the iPod then she can just use an LOD to a portable amplifier. Problem solved.

OR if she did not want the extra weight, just use a volume attenuator from the LOD.

Thus your SQ argument is null, and the fact that the large capacity of the classic benefits those with LOSSLESS audio files remains intact.

Bought my GF a Sansa player with microSD, tuner and tiny but effective display for under $40 and it's great. Considered a nano but it just wasn't worth paying more for less to us. Flexible storage would ruin the huge profit model for Apple I guess. Have to give them credit though, because were it not for the ipod, stuff like this probably wouldn't exist, especially so cheap. Thanks Apple :-)

I wouldn't mind if they come out with an iPod Touch with a physical hard drive. I have about 150 gigs of music that I would love to have on the go.

The Classic is the only iPod with truly massive storage as Muhammad points out, and the Shuffle is the ONLY iPod to include a radio tuner. A small issue to be sure, but when my dad got an iPod, tht was the one he got, specifically because it had the tuner.

Despite being able to store a large library of music, some people still want to be able to hear new music on their device, which might prompt them to buy tracks from iTunes.

krasch said,
The Classic is the only iPod with truly massive storage as Muhammad points out, and the Shuffle is the ONLY iPod to include a radio tuner. A small issue to be sure, but when my dad got an iPod, tht was the one he got, specifically because it had the tuner.

Despite being able to store a large library of music, some people still want to be able to hear new music on their device, which might prompt them to buy tracks from iTunes.

No it doesn't, the nano is the one with radio tuner. But anyway, they shouldn't kill the shuffle, as said before, they need a cheap model.

The reason they shouldn't shut the Classic down is because of its enourmous space.
16 or 32 GB can do the work for many but not all. Even 64 GB can't do it. (at least for me)

Muhammad Farrukh said,
The reason they shouldn't shut the Classic down is because of its enourmous space.
16 or 32 GB can do the work for many but not all. Even 64 GB can't do it. (at least for me)

So you listen to more than 64GB of music a day? If I went through my 100GB music collection, I'd probably only pick out 10GB of actual songs that I like.

You need more than 64gb for your music? So how much of it is stolen? 64gb of music is roughly $16,000 dollars be today's 99c/song pricing.

Dinggus said,

So you listen to more than 64GB of music a day? If I went through my 100GB music collection, I'd probably only pick out 10GB of actual songs that I like.

Yeah because syncing your ipod every other day is an easier way?... Please get a clue... My ipod lives in my car, i take it out once in a blue moon to sync it up, it charges in the car, and the 60-70odd gig i have on there is my music collection, if i feel like MJ.. boom its there... if i feel like death metal boom its there...

If apple do stop doing the classic then it looks like my next MP3 player will be something with a decent memory for a decent price... im not paying £300+ for 64gb and a flashy touchscreen when it gets thrown in the car.

Oh and also, if you dont like 80-90% of your own music collection why not delete it? Or am i missing the point?

spacer said,
You need more than 64gb for your music? So how much of it is stolen? 64gb of music is roughly $16,000 dollars be today's 99c/song pricing.

Where on earth have you pulled 16k$ from? CD ripped at 320kbps take up a hell of a lot more space than the downloaded crap from Itunes. Please think before you quote a price and automatically think everyone who has more than 200 songs from todays charts is a criminal.

SickDave said,

Yeah because syncing your ipod every other day is an easier way?... Please get a clue... My ipod lives in my car, i take it out once in a blue moon to sync it up, it charges in the car, and the 60-70odd gig i have on there is my music collection, if i feel like MJ.. boom its there... if i feel like death metal boom its there...

If apple do stop doing the classic then it looks like my next MP3 player will be something with a decent memory for a decent price... im not paying £300+ for 64gb and a flashy touchscreen when it gets thrown in the car.

Oh and also, if you dont like 80-90% of your own music collection why not delete it? Or am i missing the point?

That's what playlists are for, it's like having a CD with just your favorite songs. I'm sure you can find something entertaining to listen to with 64GB of music. I'm not looking for an argument, I was just asking a question. As for going through my music collection, it'll take a few weeks to go through the whole collection and delete what I don't like, plus the wife enjoys other songs that I don't. She has a 120GB iPod Classic and lives off of it, so I do understand where you are coming from.

Edited by Dinggus, Sep 28 2011, 3:38pm :

spacer said,
You need more than 64gb for your music? So how much of it is stolen? 64gb of music is roughly $16,000 dollars be today's 99c/song pricing.

So, if someone rips music they own at 320K and fills the device quicker, they are considered a possible theif?? My collection is over 500GB's of 320K mp3s.. Am I supposed to justify how I got it or how a lot of others have??

Muhammad Farrukh said,
The reason they shouldn't shut the Classic down is because of its enourmous space.
16 or 32 GB can do the work for many but not all. Even 64 GB can't do it. (at least for me)

they want to keep the money flowing.. so that you need to pay for the iphone and pay for the cloud storage

Agreed. My classic is my car's audio source.. Most of my collection is on it. A refresh would be nice.. Bring on the 500GB iPod Classic 2.

Shame - My 160GB Classic lives in my car and is my only iPod device that my entire music collection fits on.

And I use my shuffle when I am walking/running - I was hoping for a refresh this year with bigger capacity.

I think the Classic should be replaced with a higher capacity version of last years Nano (5th Gen). "People like buttons", but then they go take them away in the very same keynote.

pphheerroonn said,
I think the Classic should be replaced with a higher capacity version of last years Nano (5th Gen). "People like buttons", but then they go take them away in the very same keynote.

This.. I'm not really a fan of touch screens. I've got a 16GB Nano from last year--I suppose I should try to find a bigger one before I can't find them with buttons anymore.

iPod classic-I think so as well but the shuffle not sure cause they need a cheap iPod on their line up as well.

All good things usually come to an end. Just purchased the iPod Classic 160 gig to replace my seven year old iPod 30 gig (third gen).

If this is the end then RIP iPod Classic.

Pam14160 said,
All good things usually come to an end. Just purchased the iPod Classic 160 gig to replace my seven year old iPod 30 gig (third gen).

If this is the end then RIP iPod Classic.

and the product turnover begins.. this is going to **** off quite a few of their customers that thought the iBrands would live on forever.. i guess next is the ipod nano?