A new rumor underscores what I’ve suspected for some time: the iPod classic and iPod shuffle are coming to an end.
The former — though the very best value in iPods (160GB for US$250) — uses a hard disk drive — and Apple’s current, true love in storage is sold state drives. As for the shuffle, it’s basically an iPod nano without a screen.
I’ll miss the iPod classic. It bears the most resemblance to the original iPod. It goes back about 10 years and has seen six generations. So take a bow, iPod classic, you’ve served us well.
As for the iPod shuffle, I’ve never owned one and never seen the point. I like my digital music players to have screens, so I can have more options. The shuffle debuted in 2005 and has gone through four generations.
If you’re a shuffle fan, feel free to scoop some up before (assuming I’m right) they disappear. As for me, well, sorry, iPod shuffle, but I hardly knew you.
— Dennis Sellers