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Apple finally kills the iPod Classic 01/10/2014
Apple has quietly removed the venerable iPod classic from its mobile music player lineup.
Apple finally kills the iPod Classic

It was the day the iPod died. As Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the stage to unveil the brand new iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, the iPod Classic quietly slipped away as it was removed from the Apple store.

Sunday the 23rd of October has been declared as a ‘National iPod Day.’ It was this day in 2001 that the company’s founder and former CEO Steve Jobs first announced the iPod Classic, before it went on sale on the 10th of November.

It was in his keynote speech that Jobs declared, “We believe the Mac can become an essential part of your life, were you can’t get along without it,” and as we now usher in the new iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, we look back at the years that followed; you can’t help but think how he couldn’t have been more right.

When the iPod Classic first went on sale for $399 USD, it was fraught with criticism. Little did we know this device would go on to change the way we listen to music, and the way we interact with the world around us.

Just like those that came before it, the iPod Classic leaves a legendary legacy. Just like the original Sony Walkman - the cassette-playing wonder-machine that debuted in 1978 - then the revolutionary Sony Discman - the portable CD player, introduced in 1984, making the compact disc the first choice format for music lovers - the iPod similarly holds a special place in the history of technology and the music industry. 

The famous click wheel, easy usability and the promise of being able to fit “1000 songs in your pocket” saw Apple move 125,000 units in 60 days. Even with the introduction of the touch screen, pinches, swipes and taps, the iPod Classic was able to stick to its guns - offering the largest of storage spaces at 160gb, it maintained its place in the iPod lineup for 13 years.

In an interesting turn of events, the new iPhone 6 and Apple Watch were launched alongside Irish rock band U2 - with iTunes users receiving a free copy of their newest album ‘Songs of Innocence’. It was U2’s hit track ‘Vertigo,’ from their 2004 album - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - that was used in the most iconic of Apple’s iPod commercials, the ‘silhouette’ campaign used between 2004 and 2008.

On Sunday the 23rd of October, charge up your iPod Classic, load it up with your favourite tunes, and say happy birthday and goodbye to the device that truly changed the world, as we know it.

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