Apple Could Be Set to Axe the iPod Classic & iPod Shuffle By The End of The Year

Apple Could Be Set to Axe the iPod Classic & iPod Shuffle By The End of The Year

Looking to replace your aging iPod classic or iPod shuffle? Then it might be best to make a trip to your local Apple store sooner rather than later, because Apple could be about to axe these two devices by the end of this year.

A source for TUAW claims that those iPod lines without touch screens will soon meet their demise, as Apple looks to make that “product transition” that the company mentioned during its last quarterly earnings call:

It seems that the “product transition” Apple mentioned on the last earnings call could very well be within the iPod line. Specifically, if you want to buy an iPod shuffle or iPod classic from Apple, you should do it sooner rather than later. We’ve heard those two iPods are getting the axe this year.

TUAW doesn’t disclose its source, but it does state implicitly that “it is NOT an analyst.” The report mentions that discontinuing the iPod classic and the iPod shuffle seems to make sense, with the shuffle now very similar to the iPod nano — only without the screen — and the classic being left behind as Apple makes its transition to flash-based memory. (The classic still uses a platter-based hard drive.)

There’s also some mention of the iPod touch. You’ll be pleased to hear that this device isn’t expected to die out as well, however, there will be “few changes” to the device in the foreseeable future — apart from the introduction of a white model.

Would you be disappointed to see the iPod classic and the iPod shuffle discontinued?

  • Allan Robertson

    Yes, I’d be sad to see them go, the shuffle provides a nice cheep music player, and the classic provides large storage space for music and video. Not everybody can afford an iPhone, I hope this is not Apple abandoning the lower price market for the higher end.

  • pojut

    I think individual MP3 players are still quite relevant, and there are a lot of folks out that that use them. Despite both my wife and I owning smart phones that we occasionally use for music (I’m still rocking an OG Droid, while she has an iPhone 4), we both still have standalone MP3 players that we use on a regular basis (I have a Creative Zen that I use in the car, at work, and at night when I go to sleep, while she has an 80 gig iPod Classic that she uses for the same things).

    I highly doubt we’re the only ones.

  • Gaurav

    Yeah…iPod Classic was a legend..especially the click wheel was a revolution..gonna miss them…

  • Guest

    I like to listen to a wide variety of things while in the car and at work (video, music, audio books). I use my two iPod Classics to do that. I have gigs and gigs of video that will simply not fit on an iPod Touch. Without the Classic, it would take two and a half iPod Touches for each iPod Classic, and who has that kind of money? If they do get killed off, I will be forced to buy a couple backups before they disappear for myself and my wife for when our current models give out. I know I am in the minority in the way I consume my media. However, I don’t have a smartphone with an unlimited data plan, so the iCloud is not a viable option for me. Even if the iPod touch ever catches up with the Classic in terms of memory, it just seems like a waste of a device to fill it up with media and not apps.

  • snaab4

    I have a 160 GB Classic, and would be happy to see a 240 or 320 GB version appear.  No other software mods necessary, just more capacity!  Apple should not abandon this market until they can fill the gap with similar capacity on the flash-based memory models!

  • snaab4

    I have a 160 GB Classic, and would be happy to see a 240 or 320 GB version appear.  No other software mods necessary, just more capacity!  Apple should not abandon this market until they can fill the gap with similar capacity on the flash-based memory models!  I fully agree with your sentiments.  BTW Streaming doesn’t work everywhere, especially on airplanes after they close the door (except for the scant few that sell you WiFi for exhorbitant fees) and otherwise, the unlimited 3G/4G plans are almost history.

  • Rutterback1

    “TUAW doesn’t disclose its source, but it does state implicitly that ‘it is NOT an analyst.'”

    I believe that they state it explicitly; after all, you’re quoting their statement.

  • AvoidDroid

    iPod Classic is my weapon of choice for long road trips. Nice robust hardware that can hold ALL the media I want. I knew this was coming, but I hate it. BTW: Where’s the touchscreen that can pack in 120-160 gb ?…..Oh well…

  • Michael Verrenkamp

    I never had an iPod classic in any form, my first iPod was the Mini and it was awesome. I feel like I should grab one of these while they are still around so that I can have the full experience of the way it used to be.

    I was kind of hoping that they would not discontinue it but the reality is that it was always going to happen and personally I was expecting them to kill this line last year so it really has had a great run for itself.

  • Jessie Robyn Yelle

    Hmm, this makes me want to run out now and buy a Classic, since my iPhone only holds 1/10 of my music and the battery just doesn’t last long enough.

  • Pat

    I have an ipod classic 80G (that I love) and I wish an ipod touch 160G PLEASE!!! 

  • Doctor007

    I have a 160GB newer generation classic and it would be such a shame to see these die out. They epitomize the pure style, convenience and functionality on which Apple has built an empire.

    Kinda makes me want to rush out and buy a back-up classic!

  • Eric

    I’m a fan of the iPod shuffle, not only because it’s cheap, but because of how easy it is to operate without having to look at it.  When I’m driving in my car, I can skip a song or adjust the volume by feeling the click ring, without having to take my attention away from the road.  Not so with the touchscreen models.

  • jbond

    Yes, yes, yes. There is a small but very real market for people who want a portable music player with a big hard disk and a quality audio stage. There are kits to convert the old Video and Classic 5.5 with a 240Gb disk but the software has trouble coping with the qty of metadata and number of songs. The Classic 6 uses an unusual disk interface and there are no disks available > 160Gb. I’d even be happy with an old brick style PMP containing a 2.5″ disk if that solved the space problem.

    The other huge advantage for people who just want to store music but lots of it, is the battery life of the old Classic.

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