All this cool, new stuff from Apple today, but one thing is gone from us. It’s something that likely wasn’t selling well anyway, but also serves as a turning point for Apple. We’re talking about the iPod Classic, which has been quietly removed from the Apple website and store.
Your current options are the shuffle, nano, and Touch. It’s likely a timely move, but one that also distances Apple from their past a bit. The iPod Classic was the linear successor to the original iPod, which over time went away from prominent buttons and melded them into the wheel itself.
It’s also poignant due to Tim Cook’s music angle today, where he made such a big deal of Apple having music as a core principle of their being. The iPod was the first major digital music player, and retiring the Classic on a day like today is probably the right thing to do, considering the innovative things Apple is working on.
I’m sure the Classic sold terribly, and it’s definitely time to let it go. The Touch is Apple’s iPod play moving forward, and the Classic has long been untouched while other Apple products were refreshed and revamped. It will be interesting to see how Apple handles the remaining iPod lineup, moving forward.