CLICK WHEEL NO MORE: IPOD CLASSIC GOES THE WAY OF THE DODO - AudioTechnology
In all the hullabaloo of today’s Apple announcement, the end of an era quietly slipped by with barely a whisper. Apple retired the classic iPod, the simple MP3 player that forever changed the way we access music, is now just a memory.
After the live feed, the Plus-Size iPhone, the Watch and the free U2 album, Apple refreshed its website and the iPod Classic slipped from the world into the annals of history.
It’s not a surprise really, there’d be precious few who would part with their hard-earned to buy a music player that only plays music.
Can you imagine the cherub’s disappointment? How will they face their school chums with a music player that doesn’t surf the net, take pictures, keep tabs on your social media, play games, navigate their bicycle, whilst checking their heart rate and all of the other seemingly important/useless things we expect from our modern electrical devices.
No one was buying the iPod Classic anyway. The last of the Luddites have been forced from their analogue caves into the harsh light and sunshine-bright screens of a billion smart devices. Once shown how to make calls, they begrudgingly adopted their smart phones. Finally selling-out the first time they drove their car’s using that damned dirty phone as a GPS.
Still, it’s a sad day that that click wheel is gone. Or rather, it’s just been upgraded, given a royal name and popped onto the side of a new watch. Not exactly, but it’s a close relative.
It’s not all new tech though. There’s still the iPod Nano, the Shuffle and the Touch (which doesn’t count), but you’ll get no more than 64GBs. Long gone are the 200GBs from the ‘glory days’ of Apple iPods.
What will the next gen be holding all of their HRA music on? Pono Plus?
Samsung users snicker, as they purchase (yet another) new 240GB micro-SD cards to hold their entire high-res record collections. While the rest of the world just streams its content.
It’s an interesting time to be alive.