The iPod Classic is was great. It was fit-for purpose and did exactly what you wanted it to. It’s 6th-generation was awesome and offered 160GB of uninterrupted storage, a single headphone jack, and proprietary but outdated 30-pin connector. That’s it. May we ever remember the iPod Classic.
The problem with its more-capable replacement is iOS. For reasons of my own, every time I considered one, I was always deterred by iOS. Beautiful as it is, I did not want another device receiving notifications, requiring updates, and having an app store. I already micro-manage a Windows notebook, iOS tablet, and Android phone. I already miss Skype calls because all three have the service running. I already hear the ping notification from Facebook Messenger twice, every time. The same applies to Twitter, and don’t even get me started on email. I already use at least three gigabytes per week on system and app updates. Its a constant and consistent world of updates, notifications, more updates, and even more notifications.
Sigh. I guess all I really want is a “pocketable” device that plays music, plays the less-than-occasional video, plays nicely with my medium-size iTunes library, and nothing else. I still believe that an updated iPod Classic could have existed, with a lightning port and a dumbed-down version of iOS that wouldn’t require a sizable fraction of storage. It would have introduced Bluetooth, WiFi, and AirDrop to the best portable media player of all time. No App Store, no TouchID, no iSight, no apps.
Officially, the iPod Classic is no longer in production because “it was no longer possible to source components”, but if that’s the truth, why not update the product or re-engineer it? Or maybe an updated iPod Classic doesn’t exist because no one wanted it to have iOS – and therein lies the problem as far as Apple is concerned.
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