Possibility of Ipod Classic redesign?

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  1. bjones521 macrumors regular

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    Hello, I was wondering what you guys think the chances of an ipod classic redesign is? I want to get a new ipod but I don't want and ipod touch. (i hate that i have to take it out of my pocket and i have to always look at it to change songs).

    I would love a larger screen on the ipod classic! It seems as if apple is going to cancel the ipod classic soon. If their is no redesign I need at least a 64gb ipod nano!
     
  2. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    Considering it's stayed the same for several generations, I'd say low. It'll probably only be here for another year or two at most and probably the only big thing that may change if it stays beyond September would be the capacity. The nano will probably only reach 32 GBs this September too.
     
  3. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    Certain non-Apple earbuds have an external control for next/previous track and play/pause. The V-Moda Vibe I use with my iPod touch works great. You will have to use the external volume controls to adjust the volume however.
     
  4. mac88 macrumors 6502

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    I don't think they would redesign the case. It's been the same for a while. I hope they increase the storage though. It seems that they don't want to break that 160GB barrier.
     
  5. tabasco70 macrumors 6502

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    there's no real incentive for a re-design.
    what they have works, because its simple and 'classic'. its not fancy and straightforward.
     
  6. gan6660 macrumors 65816

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    I think they should change it into a bigger nano, that way the screen could be 3"+ and it would look cooler.
     
  7. polotska macrumors 6502

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    It's probably just a matter of time before the Classic is discontinued, but I for one will miss the form factor. Strictly as an audio player, I find it preferable to any other iPod or iPhone; it's easy to handle and I prefer the full-size clickwheel to a touchscreen or the undersized clickwheel (and knifelike edges) of the current nano.
     
  8. iPodClassic macrumors newbie

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    No chance in a redesign, it will always remain the "classic"

    I think this years update will be the last year for the classic, either it will remain unchanged or get a capacity upgrade, but they can always make it with a glass screen but still, wont change nething else besides the capacity or software.
     
  9. Eric S. macrumors 68040

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    I agree. I find the Touch's interface very awkward compared to the Classic. But the Classic's clickwheel is harder for me to manipulate than the one on my old 2G iPod.
     
  10. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    I would agree with the other who said that they don't see the iPod Classic sticking around much longer. It seems odd to say, but the iPod Shuffle might have a longer useful period than original iPod did.
     
  11. anthorumor macrumors 6502a

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    The Classic's GUI is very slow and clunky. At least it could use an upgrade of the processor. And the accelerometer. And pretty much the iPod Nano GUI. Heck why not just shove iPod nano components into a case, rip out the flash memory and connect a mini hard drive in there and call it a day. Zero time and money spent on R&D and you got yourself a sweet looking iPod!
     
  12. instaxgirl macrumors 65816

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    It'd be nice if they made the screen slightly bigger and the case thinner.

    Only way to thin down the case is to stick flash memory in it though, and that's probably still too expensive.

    It'd be nice if they did something to it. My 2006 video is essentially the exact same design.

    I do hope they don't discontinue it. I really don't like the touch interfaces.
     
  13. SwiftLives macrumors 65816

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    Personally, I think the iPod Classic is going to be quietly taken behind the barn and shot in September. The iPod Touch will be available in a 128GB flavor, thus negating the need for the Classic.

    I hate to say it, but the Classic is old technology. The only reason it stayed around this year is because the iPod Touch didn't break the 100GB barrier.

    The Nano will stick around with the same form factor. I could see it getting a capacity bump to 16/32GB.
     
  14. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

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    You know, I kind of like the iPod classic best too. The touch is indeed a pain to use without looking at it, etc. The nano's controls are too small. The Classic's are the best, really.

    The only things I don't like as well are I do like the 1.5x speed the touch can do on Podcasts, and I do like the internal speaker, even it needs to be 5x louder.

    (And I do sort of use some of the other features-most iPod programs are pretty terrible, but I do keep a few notes in notepad, and use the timer a lot, but just for media the Classic is kind of better...)
     
  15. Razeus macrumors 601

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    I hope they keep the iPod Classic in their product line.

    I'm hoping for a 250GB version to be released this year, or at least the 160GB version to hit the refurb store.

    I almost want to just go ahead and pick up a refurbed 120GB.
     
  16. Eric S. macrumors 68040

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    We can only hope not. I've actually given up listening to music on my Touch because the interface is so frustrating and irritating. The Classic and Shuffle cover all of my iPod music needs.
     
  17. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

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    So glad I'm not the only one who hates touch interfaces. It's so clunky, and especially dumb on a device that's supposed to be portable.

    It blows my mind the original one didn't even have VOLUME CONTROLS.

    I use it, but honestly the Classic's interface was better.
     
  18. Disc Golfer macrumors 6502a

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    I'm still rocking my video ipod, I also greatly prefer the interface on it to the touch screen ipod. Touch screen ipod doesn't seem very responsive to input, I have to push the 'buttons' more than once to get them to register and about a third of the time it registers incorrectly as a different button being pushed than the one I intend. Same with the iphone. Very annoying interface.
     
  19. Tha Professor macrumors regular

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    I love my 160 GB Classic.. I use it everyday, along with iPhone and contrary to what I thought when I got iPhone - I still need the Classic.. its battery capabilities and just the original iPod idea are hard to beat... (especially for someone with iPod since its introduction...)

    However I smell the end of iPod line as we know it since the introduction of iPad, just simply because I cannot see another reason why would Apple make such stupid choice when naming its device... It is too similar to stick around at the same time for long..:/
     
  20. SwiftLives macrumors 65816

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    The biggest advantage of the Classic is that you can operate it without looking at it. It has tactile feedback which the touch models lack.

    That doesn't mean that Apple won't go all Old Yeller on it, though. My guess is that the Nanos will get a mild capacity boost for the segment of the market that prefer the tactile feedback. But still nowhere near the capacity of the current Classics.
     
  21. gan6660 macrumors 65816

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    Do you really think Apple is going to get rid of the iPod line? Its been the biggest product in history. I can see them discontinue the Classic and keep the other 3 but getting rid of the iPod line is just stupid.
     
  22. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    I have three iPods, and each sees a different use. My primary listening device is a 4gig 3G shuffle that I won in a raffle. I've found its voice interface to be far less unpleasant than I had thought it would be, and it has become my primary grab-push-and-listen device.

    My second device is a 32gig iPhone 3GS. This is my primary device for two things - video and music that is not on my shuffle. My library is around 20 gigs of music and video, so obviously, not all of it fits on the shuffle. When I want to listen to that *one* song, out comes the phone. Same when I want to watch some videos.

    My third device is my aging, rebuilt twice over, still wonderful 30gig 5G iPod. This iPod is used almost exclusively as a carPod these days. I cannot stand using something that I have to look down at in the car - that is the primary advantage of the 5G as compared to the iPhone in my book - physical controls. For most listening/video needs, I much prefer the interface of the iPhone. However, when I want to get in, pick something, and get out, it's the 5G all the way.
     

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