Death of the iPod Classic
The entrance of Apple's latest mobile phone comes with news that the company's iconic music player, the iPod Video, is being discontinued. This is news that will hold difficult for long-time users of the device along with full-fledged music fans.
Apple's presentation witnessed tech-savvy individuals going crazy over the mobile phone's 6th installment and the Apple Watch. But for all that the announcement saw Apple take the extra mile towards brighter and digitized future, is also marked the end of a historic product.
The iPod Classic was the descendant of Apple's original iPod: a rectangular shaped device with a circular click wheel and center button. Music fanatics have likely owned one of the numerous models released over the past 15 years. From 2007, it became the ultimate weapon for many due to its portability and the ability to store an ample amount of music files. The sixth generation iPod Classic was introduced with an outrageous capacity of 160GB. That's more than enough room to hold the entire music library of avid headphiles.
The absence of Apple's iPod Classic leaves the collection of its iPod range looking slim. The iPod shuffle contains 2GB of memory, the Nano with 16GB, and the latest iPod touch at 128GB. Indeed, 128GB is plentiful, but the difference between its capacity and the iPod Classic can be the deciding factor for many.
Meanwhile, the latest iPod Touch also boasts an entirely different arsenal of features as opposed to the Classic. Basically, it's an iPhone that doesn't have the calling and texting capacity of the phone. Like the iPhone and iPad, it runs on Apple's exclusive operating system iOS, has a touch screen, a decent front and back camera for snapping photos and videos, has a web browser that lets you check up on your favorite sites—like inspecting scam issues regarding GoWild Casino and research purposes—and holds applications such as social media and gaming programs. In addition, it can also store music. Clearly, these can all be seen as advantages for its users, but its price and functions are two elements that set it apart from the iPod Classic.
For iPhone users then, owning an iPod Touch is basically pointless. But the iPod Classic is an entirely different instrument, which was designed for a sole purpose of providing music. Its discontinuation further displays how Apple is leaning towards the cloud technology—why store something when you can find it online? While these options sound the same, they reflect a swing in the ownership of music—for now, the iPod Classic allows users to be in control of their own collection. Yes, storing music in the cloud means accessibility is enhanced, but will the degree of ownership remains the same?The loss of the monumental click wheel will also be experienced by iPod fans. Its prominence on the device's overall structure is not only popular but remains a superior piece of technology and design that lets users browse through a plethora of music quickly and efficiently.
Ultimately, there's always hope that Apple may reintroduce the iPod Classic, or better yet, produce something that still retains music priorities. For now, those who want to keep their iTunes library in their pocket might have to wait.