This just in: iPod "classic" and iPod "touch" are terrible names

Discussion in 'iPod' started by shoelessone, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2007
    Anybody else agree?

    For the record, I really could care less, I'm certainly not complaining, I'm very excited about the entire new lineup.

    That said, the name "iPod classic" seems especially bad and non-appleish. Seems like they should have stuck with "iPod" and "iPod touch". "iPod touch" isn't as bad as the "classic", but even it seems a bit too much like a marketing catch phrase.

    Thoughts? Was anybody else honestly surprised by Apple's new "iPod classic" name?
  2. macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2007
    I disagree I thin they are good names and fitting for the product line. What other names do you suggest?
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2005
    For some reason I actually like the name "iPod classic". I don't know why. I'm however not that fond of the name "iPod touch".
  4. macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    Actually, it seems very "Appleish" to me... considering they once had a "Macintosh Classic".
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2007

    First, for the record, I want to state (again) that I for one am thrilled with everything apple did yesterday, all of their ipods are perfect (for me). I'm not COMPLAINING at all :).

    That said, I think something more "modern" might have worked better. As I said before, leaving the iPod "iPod" and calling the iPod touch "iPod touch" would have been enough of a seperation for me personally.
  6. macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2007
    agreed, all terrible names lately - Macbook/Mac "Pro", Mighty Mouse, Airport
  7. macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2006
    Carlisle, Up Norf!
    Actually, I'm loving the names. Especially the 'classic' because well, thats what it is.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2007
    The "Classic" name brings up bad memories... a workaround to use old programs and a Mac model that hung around for a while at the low end of the market. Anything that sounds old should probably not be used to name electronics. It's like a name for a sports car that translates into "slow" or something.
  9. macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    I don't know, iPod 'classic' kind of makes me think it's already old in some way. :eek:

    Heey, maybe that's what they planned, so that more people buy the iPod Touch because it sounds newer.

    And if they didn't call it the iPod Touch, what on earth were they supposed to call it? :p
  10. macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    so you care a lot, huh?

    and i disagree, i think they work exceptionally well. they couldn't keep it at just 'iPod' anymore since if you said that "i have an iPod" people would ask you which one and would just cause confusion.
  11. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2007

    while I might agree, do you really see yourself saying, "oh yeah, I just picked up an iPod CLASSIC at the apple store"?

    Maybe you would, but I probagly wouldnt. I'd say, "iPod Nano", or, "one of those fancy new touch screen iPods" or "a 160gb iPod".

    Anyway, I of course understand the need for some sort of further classifications, but "classic" (as somebody mentioned above) makes me feel like I'm buying an older, "classic" electronic, instead of a sweet ultra hip new Apple product :)
  12. macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2005
    I couldn't disagree more; I think they are amazing names. Classic tells people right away that its the original iPod plus it has that Coca-Cola Classic like nostalgia factor. And iPod Touch tells us what it is a touch iPod.

    What would you rather have them called? iPod Original and iPod big screen?
  13. macrumors 604


    Jul 10, 2007
    IMO Touch is classic, and Classic is a nice touch. :)
  14. macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
  15. macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    No. I told you the agreeable thing wouldn't last long. :p

    I like the classic name. Reminds me of the Mac Classic (the first under $1000 Macintosh) and Color Classic- machines I sold a boat load of in my previous life as a reseller.

    You new switchers have no sense of Apple history. :cool:
  16. macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2006
    yeah Darn.

    Should've named it iPod Bigger and iPod Wider........:(
  17. macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    I think they're fine. They get the point across without trying to be hip or wacky.
  18. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2007

    whatever! When I was in 5th grade (I'm 22 now, so.. whenever that was :)) I programmed on an Apple IIe. My first home computer in my bedroom (6th grade) was an Apple - I think and Apple Quadra or something of the sort.

    I think "classic", I think "classical music", or "classic cars", or "oh, those old _____ you are wearing are classic", etc.

    But you WERE right, the agreeable thing didn't last ;)
  19. BII
    macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2006
    exactly, it does what good marketing does, clearly and effeciently tells you what the product is. In two words, you know exactly what's in the box.

    iPod = music player

    classic = the most familiar form factor, and a form factor which hasn't changed fundimentally in 6 years.

    touch = the one with the touch screen
  20. macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2007
    I personally would like to see an ipod "Hal" that warns you of you impending doom...

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  21. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2007
    Southern California
    Touching is good
  22. macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2004
    To me "iPod Classic" also says it's the original and best mp3 player and everyone else just copied it therefore it's a classic. I don't mind that name at all. I think "iPod Touch" is a little too obvious. Perhaps just call it "iPod" as it effectively replaces the "classic" one, but I suppose in the future that's probably Apple's intention.
  23. macrumors 6502

    Aug 23, 2007
    I think the iPod classic is kind of dull. If they want to stick to that name, why not just call the iPod Touch simply iPod.
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2005
    :confused:Airport's not exactly a new name—they've been using it since 1999.

    Anywho, I don't really mind them. The only thing that bugs me is that I think that 'iPod touch' sounds a little, i don't know...unprofessional.

    Although I suppose that I can't come up with anything better :eek: so its good enough.
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2007
    Classic is horrible. Why not just keep the iPod video name? I mean ipods have been around for only about 6 or 7 years, not enough time for something to become "classic" :S

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