Originally Posted by macapptraining
Give it another year or two, it will be gone. Flash is coming down, it's only a matter of another year or so before we see 128GB in an iPod Touch. The Classic is still great I think for someone that wants to carry an entire library with them. It will be phased out as soon as 128GB is available in an iDevice. Great updates overall today, very impressed. Still trying to grab an iTunes 10 download, but it's not up yet.
Even when a 128GB iPod Touch comes along it will still 32GB less than the Classic and be considerably costlier.
Originally Posted by Joe hs
It won't survive another year. 10 years Of the classic iPod formfactor. end it on a high note.
Originally Posted by johnnyb0731
just because the thing is still advertised and is being sold doesn't mean it survived another year. It could be just as likely that apple is trying to sell their remaining stock
Originally Posted by danieljt
I agree with JohnnyB0731.
Notice that Steve Jobs said that they're revamped and redesigned their entire line of iPods (paraphrasing). That means that the Classic, which did not get updated in the slightest, is not included in the lineup because it wasn't updated, much less redesigned.
I surmise they're just allowing people to buy the last of their stock before they take it off of the store website.
I disagree with the above 3 posts.
This is the first evidence we’ve seen of the Classic, itself, being obsolesced, but I think it could survive another year. Remember, this is the 1st time they didn’t increase the HDD capacity which likely means Toshiba is no longer investing in denser platters for 1.8” HDDs.
Additionally, since the price wasn’t reduced to the psychologically attractive $199 on this device that is getting no new features and is using the same YoY components I have to think the Classic sales are doing well enough on their own to not warrant a price drop. Now that we have a stopping of the HDD platter density, the next step should be a drop in price when Apple feels that a price drop will boost sales enough to increase profit and prolong its life until it’s just becomes too costly to maintain this well worn tech that long ago paid for the R&D in unit sales. That could be awhile.
Originally Posted by nkhm
Not forgetting this is the only ipod that can be operated by the visually impaired. It really should be kept, storage upped, price dropped a little.
Originally Posted by anantksundaram
This is a very good observation. Now that you bring this up, I have a feeling that Apple is going to hear about this one, and may have to rethink.
Don’t forget the iPod Shuffle, which has physical controls and voice feedback. And also don’t forge the Accesiblity features Apple built into iOS.
Originally Posted by 1984
I was hoping they would bump it to 250gb when Steve said all
iPods were being updated. How hard would that have been? After that POS nano was introduced and then the touch that can't take decent photos it was starting to become a potential highlight of the event for me.
Only way to bump it that much, even if Toshiba was making denser 1.8” platters would be to add a second platter, so you’d get at least 320GB with the current density HDD. Apple dropped the double-platter Classic a couple years ago and upped the single-platter from 80GB to 120GB, then to 160GB last year. I think it’s safe to say the thinner, single-platter, half-capacity Classic was the least popular or they would have continued it and not the single-platter Classic.