Apple to pull plug on iPod?

Apple makes the most sought after gadgets on the planet, but they may be about to pull the plug on one that helped get the revolution rolling.

Classic is just another way to say outdated.

Classic is just another way to say outdated.

Rumor has it that the iPod Classic (and iPod Shuffle) may be discontinued.

Apple sells millions of iPods, but the Classic and Shuffle don’t have touchscreens, which are the interface of the present and future.

CNET’s Crave gadget blog notes there’s no mention of iPod news in the upcoming Oct. 4 Apple press conference, where details of the iPhone 5 will be announced.

The iPod first appeared 10 years ago … a long time in tech circles … and Apple would rather folks buy an iPhone (or iTouch) than an iPod, which contributed a mere 8 percent of the company’s revenue.

Crave has a great Steve Jobs quote: ”Just get rid of the crappy stuff and focus on the good stuff.”

The iPod Classic can hold 120 gigabytes of music … which I think is really good, but probably not enough to keep it from going the way of the Walkman.

What about the iPhone 5? It is speculated to have …

* A bigger screen

* A new teardrop shape

* An aluminum ‘unibody’

* A dual-core 1.2 ghz processor

* Angel wings (just kidding)

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Born with a tan.

September 29th, 2011
6:12 pm

I’m proud to say that I don’t own one.
I still play records (vinyl) the good stuff.


September 29th, 2011
6:12 pm

I think it is crazy. But that’s because I am not a techno freak type. Others may think it is great. But I just want my music on my ipod. I don’t want it on my phone. I don’t want an iphone. I want a way to store my music, predominantly at my home. I don’t need my 10000 songs on my phone. I have a shuffle for exercise and the big ipod stays docked on my Bose most of the time.


September 29th, 2011
6:27 pm

I buy gadgets years after they’ve come avoid wasting my money on the new ones with bugs. just got an ipod (not my first) 30g video. perfect for me. if it breaks, you can pay as little as $25 to fix it. i don’t want an iphone or a stupid touch screen. all my friends that have touch screens complain about them. i’m typing on a keyboard; i want buttons on my phone too. maybe in 10 years i’ll get my first ipad. Mr. Jobs, please don’t tell consumers what they should buy. your products are great, but let us choose what we want, please!!


September 29th, 2011
6:32 pm

Born with a tan… You ROCK!

Born with a Brain

September 29th, 2011
6:42 pm

Yeah, Tan Man…because owning and iPod and listening to vinyl are mutually exclusive. Elitist hipster!

Born with a Brain

September 29th, 2011
6:42 pm


September 29th, 2011
6:45 pm

i have an iphone and rarely play my music on it. i really prefer my ipod nano for music when i am running and when driving around in my car. i find it to be so much more convenient to carry while running and to use while driving.

Spinning Platters

September 29th, 2011
7:00 pm

Vinyl is final.


September 29th, 2011
7:10 pm

The reason Apple wants to discontinue the iPod is because you can’t purchase apps, music, movies, and other data directly on it. With the iPod Touch they will likely continue making money off it, long after it’s been purchased.

Personally, I just prefer an iPod and it’s large storage capacity. I wish they would upgrade the iPod Classic’s hard drive to 500GB or more so I could put almost my entire music catalog on there. 64GB on the current model isn’t nearly enough for people with large libraries of music. The scroll wheel of the iPod Classic is much easier to use when in the car than a touch screen as well.

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September 29th, 2011
7:58 pm

All of you commenting are losers and old. We don’t care if we have ipods or not we have our phones so get over it you old bags.

iPod Fan

September 29th, 2011
8:13 pm

Bummer. I love my 120G iPod Classic. I don’t want a fancier device that can’t store all my music/videos/photos.


September 29th, 2011
8:21 pm

I love my shuffle and take it everywhere i go. Unlike an ipod, i don’t need to secure it anywhere just clip and go. I walk my dog 3 or 4 times a day, and jog with it. It’s the perfect size and weight. Hope this is not true!

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September 29th, 2011
8:36 pm

Apple has to be nuts. I would not discontinue the Shuffle. If anything, I would make the Shuffle less expensive. I know many people that own shuffle along with another audio apple device for three reasons.
1) It is not heavy so good for working out.
2) If stolen, it is least expensive iPod so less of a hit on the wallet to replace.
3) The shuffle can be used in all situations and even without having to look at it. I do not have to actually see my remote for my TV to use it and I like other devices that have the same feature without touchscreens.

If Apple was even smarter about their iPod, they would sell “packages” of preload songs for the Shuffle with larger headphones that appeal to an older crowd much like TimeLife does with it’s CD collections. Granny in old folk home can rock out to the Everly Brothers and Little Richard.

The iPod classic has a even greater possible future with minor changes. I would increase the storage capacity dramatically and have the software for itunes on the iPod Classic for use through USB. itunes (or a version of itunes) as portable software only on the iPod Classic. This means people can manage their music library on any computer without the boss or owner of the computer seeing any evidence.

If sales are slower for a product line maybe you just need to change things to fit a niche market rather than discontinue the line…..

George Stein

September 29th, 2011
8:58 pm

Cancelling the Shuffle is a terrible idea. It’s great to use while running or working out.


September 29th, 2011
8:58 pm

Yes i have ipod & yes i buy music & when the new itouch comes out I’ll get one but i want a itouch with 64gb or higher I want Music video’s & most of the apps I’ve have stored on my computer are free I’m not for paying for apps & if i can get my music cheaper than what itunes charges like i do.

If they drop the price on the Ipod i will pick one up it’ll be a nice backup for when i want to give my Itouch a weekend off lol.


September 29th, 2011
9:12 pm

“The iPod Classic can hold 120 gigabytes of music … which I think is really good, but probably not enough to keep it from going the way of the Walkman.”

My daughter’s iPod Classic holds 160GB if I am not mistaken. I have two ancient Archos mp3 players and they work great.I prefer my Droid to the iPhone.


September 29th, 2011
9:22 pm

I love my iPod – use it every day. Do not want an iPhone.


September 29th, 2011
9:42 pm

As soon as there is something worth putting on it, I will run out and buy an Ipad.


September 29th, 2011
9:53 pm

SImple. If Apple gets rid of the iPod and Shuffle, other companies will just take over that portion of the market. There are plenty of other (and better depending on individual preferences) of devices out there for this.

For me, I bought one of the iPod Classics years ago because it had the Nike+ run sensor. There still isn’t have a comparative counter in the industry, so it stinks for me. The size is fine, and I would not have bought it had it been bigger. For users not needing this functionality there are cheaper and better players out there, with less annoying software. SanDisk makes similar and much cheaper players, with better control pads.

The simple fact I already had all my music catalogued for the iPod Classic made my smartphone decision lean towards Apple so I bought an iPhone. If I have not had the Classic already, I would not have bought the iPhone.

I think people with specific needs only met by the iPod and those who have multiple devices will be the only ones losing something here. If all you need is an MP3 player and you keep your phone exclusive of it, then just move away from Apple and live happily ever after (I personally don’t like Apple, but I have to admit they provide a specific product I really enjoy having).

Oh, and you Vinyl elitists can keep listening to your scratchy old crap. Don’t even give me this ‘it sounds better’ nonsense. To get good sound out of vinyl you need a mint or near mint condition album, and a top notch player (talking thousands of bucks). If you don’t have that you are absolutely fooling yourselves into believign you are hearing better quality. The cheap players most of you have give a crappy sound and you are too full of hot air to admit the quality stinks. You folks seriously crack me up.


September 29th, 2011
9:55 pm

What is an iPod? Forgive me, but some of us choose to use real computers (ie, PCs), do our own programming, and keep our music on laptops. If the rest of you want to give up your security, freedom, money and identity to the rotten Apple, nothing’s standing in your way. I jsut refuse to be spoonfed their crappy gadgets and expensive music service. Whatever happened to doing your own programming rather than relying on Palo Alto to dictate what you need?


September 29th, 2011
10:48 pm

Well that’s a kick in the head, I was planning on getting an iPod one of these days. Maybe a Twitter machine too.

I am about two generations behind on technology. My cellular phone still has a crank on the side that I use to get the operator to place my calls.

top ramen top

September 29th, 2011
11:24 pm

jd makes a good point.

The vinyl fetishists are amusing, but perhaps it IS entertaining to plop the needle cartridge down and watch the platter spin – and, as a free bonus with your music – you get hiss . A ritual whose appeal is lost on most music listeners. The large cover graphics are nice, though.


September 29th, 2011
11:31 pm

The classic is 160GB. They no longer sell the 120GB. If they aren’t going to replace the 160GB with something that holds the same 40,000 songs I am furious. I have a large record/CD collection and can fit it all on an IPod Classic. There is nothing wrong with the technology. The other models have a major flaw in that they don’t have a large enough hard drive.

Political Mongrel

September 30th, 2011
12:06 am

It’s a shame to kill all the click-wheel iPods. Visually impaired users can’t effectively use touch screens and the click wheel was an excellent solution for them.

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zunaj thomas

September 30th, 2011
9:58 am

I enjoy the classic and have not taken advantages of all the possibilities…but I will not purchase and iphone for music apps……please tell me this is just a rumour and not a fact


September 30th, 2011
12:01 pm

I wouldn’t want to listen to music on my iPhone either. The battery would run down to fast. I like my nano, because it’s small for exercising and is great for the car (I never listen to the radio)!! And the wheel concept is easier to use while driving than a touch screen. Although, I have to admit that the bluetooth feature on the iPhone & iTouch devices is nice in the car because you don’t need a cable to plug & play your music, it just does it magically!


September 30th, 2011
12:02 pm

Records suck ass. Digital music is pure and clean. Records, lol.


September 30th, 2011
12:04 pm

Jd’s a troll.


September 30th, 2011
12:09 pm

Time marches on, everyone. I can already hear future fetishists crying that hard drives sound better…

Mr. Brooks

September 30th, 2011
12:17 pm

Get busy living, or get busy dying.

Say What???

September 30th, 2011
12:22 pm

The more I read posts to the AJC the more I just shake my head…

First of all, Apple is a business. And as a business, they exist to make money. Just like you and I, the more money they can make, the better. In order to make money, they sell products. Now, if the capital they spend to make one type of product has a significantly smaller return than the capital they spend to make other types of products, it makes sense for them to discontinue the less profitable product and spend that capital on the more profitable items. Its not like they decided that they want to tick off all of the loyal users so they just discontinue ipods. Its a business decision.

Compare that to what Bank of America announced yesterday – they will now begin charging $5 per month if you use a debit card. That was a business decision that they made to make up for a lost revenue stream when the goverment caps what they can charge for overdrafts. Its not that they want to tick off their customers, they made a decision that enough customers will accept the additional fee to offset the loss of any customers who defect due to that decision. Will that be a wise business choice? We shall see… As for me, I am leaving BOA to find another finaicial institution who has decided that they don’t want to see any customers leave due to an ATM usage fee.

Same thing happen a few months ago with NetFlix. So far, it looks like that company made the wrong decision, but only time will tell.

Fact Checker

September 30th, 2011
12:31 pm

Apple does not make a product called the “iTouch.” Why all the colloquialisms?


September 30th, 2011
12:46 pm

Hope that is not true, I love my iPod Shuffle, it’s small enough that I can clip it on and go running :-)


September 30th, 2011
2:38 pm

If you already own an Ipod classic or Shuffle, what’s the issue? It’s not like you can upgrade either w/ new software.


October 4th, 2011
7:54 am

@technugs the iPod classic has a 120gb hard drive, used to be offered in 80gb & 160gb models. Still plenty of space for most music collections. @ born with a tan you could transfer your entire vinyl collection to an iPod and listen to music outside of your house!


October 4th, 2011
8:19 am

Android fan here…..keep your apples.


October 4th, 2011
8:22 am

Apple users = point and clickers after that …….Huh ?


October 4th, 2011
8:28 am

Apple User here..Android probably wont read my post b/c your battery died.


October 4th, 2011
8:57 am

There needs to be a product for music enthusiasts. I keep a minimum of 15,000 songs on my ipod classic because there is really nothing else that can hold that much music. Many of the songs on it are over 10 minutes long. There is not another Apple product that can hold that much music for simple pocket portability. How about a “Touch” with 180 gigs???

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Jared Soldano

October 7th, 2011
3:28 am

R.I.P. Steve Jobs. That guy was considered a genius and has now transformed the entire world.

praveen tiwari

December 7th, 2011
2:04 am

i have an iphone and rarely play my music on it. i really prefer my ipod nano for music when i am running and when driving around in my car.

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January 26th, 2012
1:46 am

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