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Old May 29, 2014, 12:20 PM   #1
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Apple Removes Sidebar Link to iPod Classic in Several Refurbished Stores




Apple today removed the link to the iPod classic from the sidebar of its U.S. and Canadian refurbished stores, perhaps offering an indication that the ancient hard drive-based MP3 player is finally on its last legs. Though the link is gone, the actual page for the refurbished iPod classic remains on Apple's website.

The sidebar link is still present in Apple's international refurbished stores for the time being, but it is greyed out, indicating that no units are available to purchase. It is not entirely clear when Apple's refurbished store last had iPod classic models in stock, but it seems to have been quite some time ago and today's removal of the sidebar link suggests that Apple has no plans to bring them back to the store.

The iPod classic is the successor to the original iPod introduced in 2001 and is the only remaining MP3 player in Apple's lineup that uses a hard disk drive for music storage. As highlighted in our Buyer's Guide, Apple hasn't updated the*iPod classic*since 2009, and no further updates are expected given the device's age and the fact that hard drive manufacturers are no longer producing the 1.8-inch hard drives used in the iPod classic. Seemingly every year, a new crop of rumors claims Apple is discontinuing the device, but the venerable iPod classic has hung on year after year as an option for those looking to carry larger music libraries on the go. Speculation has suggested that once the iPod touch becomes available in a 128 GB option, Apple may finally choose to retire the iPod classic, but the company has elected not to increase the maximum capacity of the iPod touch since 2009 when the third-generation model became the first to offer up to 64 GB of storage.

Sales of Apple's iPod lineup have been declining as customers turn to the iPhone to meet their music needs. In its latest quarterly earnings for Q2 2014, iPod net sales contributed only 1 percent to Apple's overall revenue, while the iPhone accounted for 57 percent. The iPhone may have crippled iPod sales, but the iWatch may be the death knell. According to analyst Christopher Caso of Susquehanna Financial Group, sales of the iPod will continue to decline precipitously as consumers choose the wrist-watch device instead of a stand-alone player.
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While we don't expect AAPL to discontinue*iPod for some time, we also don't expect an iPod refresh this year, and believe iPod could post Y/Y unit declines as a result as consumers purchasing iWatch as a substitute.
Besides the iPod classic, Apple also recently removed the 17-inch MacBook Pro from its refurbished store after discontinuing the notebook in 2012.

(Thanks, Max!)

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Old May 29, 2014, 12:21 PM   #2
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I guess it's the end for the iconic classic then.
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Old May 29, 2014, 12:21 PM   #3
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The end is nigh my friends. Goodnight sweet prince.

For old time's sake...
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Old May 29, 2014, 12:22 PM   #4
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Noooo! I love my iPod Classic.
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Old May 29, 2014, 12:22 PM   #5
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Everybody knew that this would happen sooner or later.
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Old May 29, 2014, 12:22 PM   #6
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Noooo! I love my iPod Classic.
You and I both friend
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Old May 29, 2014, 12:23 PM   #7
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Helluva good run...
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Old May 29, 2014, 12:24 PM   #8
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Or maybe they'll make one that uses flash memory yet keeps the click wheel?
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Old May 29, 2014, 12:25 PM   #9
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Apple has heard loud and clear that the future is subscriptions.

That does not mean low capacity, just that they need to support rental DRM.
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Old May 29, 2014, 12:26 PM   #10
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I seriously hope that they will release new iPod Classic with at least 128gb of flash storage... well at least an iPod Nano with 64gb! If they really plan to sell lossless music on the iTunes store, they need an iPod (besides the Touch) with more than 64gb of storage...
And they could to an iPod Nano with 128gb of storage on a single chip since the iPad use that design.
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Old May 29, 2014, 12:27 PM   #11
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I miss clickwheel! Give me a new iPod Classic and take my money!

ClickWheel + MultiTouch would be perfect
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Old May 29, 2014, 12:28 PM   #12
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R.I.P iPod.

You will always be remembered.

R.I.P iPod.
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Old May 29, 2014, 12:29 PM   #13
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Iím gonna miss that click wheel. That thing was perfect for the time.
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Old May 29, 2014, 12:29 PM   #14
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Man, that was a brilliant ad campaign. I remember visiting New York when that was in full swing and those ads were EVERYWHERE.
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Old May 29, 2014, 12:31 PM   #15
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Old May 29, 2014, 12:32 PM   #16
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This must be the oldest selling device in Apple store.
But if this is the end, Goodbye old friend
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Old May 29, 2014, 12:39 PM   #17
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I know I'm in the minority here, but I could never stand the click wheel. Sad to see it go for everybody else though.

Who knows, maybe Archos will come out with a 4 TB flac player with a click wheel and then everyone can be happy.
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Old May 29, 2014, 12:40 PM   #18
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Noooo! I love my iPod Classic.
You do realize that this article is about the REFURBED items?

The iPod Classic is still for sale on the store.
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Old May 29, 2014, 12:42 PM   #19
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Isn't this just for the refurbished store? It must reflect the dwindling purchase numbers. The few people that are still buying the classic iPod must know exactly what they want and are not returning them.

Of course the iPod won't be sold forever but this may not be the portent of doom some think it is.
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Old May 29, 2014, 12:45 PM   #20
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I love my Classic iPods. But at 1% of the profit I guess we should be thankful it hung around this long. What would be hard to calculate is how much of iTunes sales are purchased just because someone has an iPod to listen to it.
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Old May 29, 2014, 12:52 PM   #21
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I think they just aren't going to manufacturer the parts anymore and are keeping whatever's left for AppleCare people.

But sad times.
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There's no 2013 MacPro in the Refurbished store either. I'm pretty sure this must mean they're discontinuing it in favor of the 2012 model.
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Apple has heard loud and clear that the future is subscriptions.

That does not mean low capacity, just that they need to support rental DRM.
Well, I don't know where they heard that, but I don't think subscriptions are the future, maybe for some users yes.

Spotify has 10 million of paying subscribers worldwide, that's not a lot, and it's the biggest out there, it will be a nice alternative to get music, but as far as I can tell, buying music has a long way to go.
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(probably soon to be)RIP iPod Classic. Still the best iPod in my mind. A sad day.
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Spotify has 10 million of paying subscribers worldwide, that's not a lot, and it's the biggest out there, it will be a nice alternative to get music, but as far as I can tell, buying music has a long way to go.
If you want lossless (and offline, of course), you can subscribe to Qobuz.
If you want high resolution, then you have to buy.
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