iPods & iPod Shuffle Obsolete, Future with iPod Touch Only

Discussion in 'iPod' started by macagent, Jun 1, 2009.

  1. macagent macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2009
    Apple World
    There have been rumors of Apple running out of ideas to re-invent the iPod and its younger half, the iPod Shuffle, even Steve Wozniak once had a similar point of view. It could be probable that Apple may discontinue the iPod line and just stick with the iPod Touch, market and segment iPod Touch based on various functionalities and features and less on the "cool touch factor". The continuous low cost per unit of producing the iPod Touch over time should make this possible.

    Anyone willing to concur or otherwise?
  2. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

    TwinCities Dan

    May 19, 2008
    Double Parked out front of the Courthouse
    Maybe someday, but I don't see it happening anytime soon... ;) :)
  3. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2009
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    I don't think we'll ever see it happen. The iPod has got more over the top over the years with new features but it still serves the music Market and serves it well. It's hard to even argue the primary function of the touch is as an iPod considering the marketing Apple do for it. It's not fit to take over from a consumer music player, and unless they make a solely music device under the touch range, it seems unlikely.
  4. JCastro macrumors 6502a

    Feb 12, 2008
    I don't see that happening. I think that there are many people that want a simple to use and small iPod. I don't like running with anything bigger than a Shuffle and maybe a Nano.

    As the memory capacity grows in the Touches I could see them dropping the Classic line up. The overall size is not that different and and Touch is so much more versatile. The only real advantage that the Classic has is its memory capacity.
  5. instaxgirl macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Edinburgh, UK
    I wouldn't like to run with a touch for the simple reason that if you drop it there's a good chance you're stuffed. I've dropped my iPod mini loads of times and other than when I had to perform a little clickwheel surgery it's been fine.
  6. bozz2006 macrumors 68030


    Aug 24, 2007
    I know i'm one of the few who prefer the classic interface over the touch interface. hands down.
  7. student_trap macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    it is a fantastic interface for music, so intuitive. Only thing place the touch has it better is in its ability for you to just prod a letter with your finger to get straight to an artist or whatever
  8. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    What about those who like to carry around a large library of music? Or those who just want something small enough to lose in your pocket, but still spacious enough to store a few thousand songs? Or those who just want something tiny for exercise? Or anyone who still likes actual buttons? Or anyone who uses their iPods to store data?

    The iPod Touch is cool, but it's not cool enough to replace the other 'pods
  9. Lorenz0 macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2009
    My ipod touch goes everywhere with me with two exceptions

    1] The gym
    2] a night on the lash

    A smaller, more accident friendly ipod is definitely a must. You don't dig the garden wearing your good shoes after all.... It's horses for courses.

    a 'classic interface' clickwheel app wouldn't be a bad idea....
  10. SwiftLives macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2001
    Charleston, SC
    I'm reasonably confident that the iPod Classic will not see another revision. The cost to produce it has become far too cheap for Apple to sell it at their traditional price point. So in typical Apple fashion, it will be discontinued rather than upgraded and price-dropped.

    We'll see a 64GB iPod Touch in the fall. That will begin to take the place of the higher capacity iPods. I suspect that the super-high capacity (100GB+) iPods have become a bit of a niche market for Apple.

    I doubt the shuffle or nano will be going anywhere anytime soon.
  11. jzuena macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Lexington, MA, USA
    My thinking as well. I have one of the closeout Gen2 shuffles for running. The only time I've run with the touch is when I was on company travel (without the shuffle) and using a treadmill where I could leave the touch in a stationary spot.

    I tried planting the seed of a clickwheel app to developers over a year ago hoping someone would run with it, but so far no takers! I even signed up to be an iPhone developer, but haven't had time to do any coding.
  12. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    Apple has a few untapped markets.
    Though they make these devices they really haven't targeted specific audiences especially the sports.

    for instance weather/sweat proofing their devices.

    wireless head phones for the smaller devices.

    I know most will hate this but a smaller phone (nano iphone)

    wireless devices that have finger operated remotes for runners hikers and so on.

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