Originally Posted by GregAlexander
There are people saying the classic should be removed entirely, because it has a hard disk. I disagree.
The classic serves a purpose, and it revolves around the size of storage. I think that should remain for those who need it. However, it may be time for it to move to the same touch platform as the iPod Touch/iPhone.
So that's why I think it's logical - high capacity should stay, but the form factor is debatable.
If the cost of solid state drives is close enough to hard disk drive technology, then absolutely that makes more sense. I'd like to think they offer a 128GB iPod Touch at the same price as a 120GB iPod Classic though....
Then again, Apple hasn't been shy of dropping a few users to keep a vision pure - and perhaps a 64GB iPod Touch is enough?
Im not sure a 64GB Touch is an option now for the same space without a price increase over the current 32GB model.
That said, I think changing the Classic is a mistake for a technical and usability standpoint. The use of a HDD means that a small display with a less power hungry OS has to be used. On top of that, I think there are a group of Classic lovers that just dont want an overly complex device. Keep It Simple, Stupid works best for this aging device.
If making a HDD-based Touch was viable I think that they would have done it when the Touch was first introduced, not when the capacity is getting so close with NAND. LCD, CPU and RAM power savings havent increased enough, nor battery efficiency with LiIon, nor the speed of access of 1.8 HDDs to warrant the use in the Touch. It just doesnt make sense to me at this point in the game.
I think that Apple keeping the Classic has everything to do with the current sales figures for the device, but Apple doesnt break down the numbers per iPod so we really dont know. If the sales are high enough to warrant the continued making and stocking then they will continue to sell it. If not, they will stop it.
Remember that Apple canned the dual-platter 160GB HDD iPod, moved to a single model single-platter 120GB iPod to match the Zune (which is now being discontinued) and I see no evidence of any further development of 1.8 HDDs.
I think that worst case, it gets dropped from the line up. Best case, it maintains as is, not even with a camera.