Should Apple refresh the Classic?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by glsillygili, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. glsillygili macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2011
    New York
    Things the Classic needs:

    • Bigger/HD Screen
    • Flash Storage
    • Lightning Port
    • Modern Interface

    What do you think should be added? Do you think they should just discontinue the Classic or refresh it?
  2. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    At the point where it becomes feasible for Apple to build an affordable 256GB iPod Touch the Classic will be retired. Until then, as long as people are still buying it, it will remain.
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    NAND flash storage would be nice but we all know Apple likes to overcharge for the storage.
  4. daniel-dunphy macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2014
    iPod Touch

    You do know that you basically just described the iPod Touch? Your list is not what the iPod Classic needs based on it's primary use, Music playback.

    The Classic would no longer be like a Classic iPod if these changes were implemented. These changes would completely change the design of the iPod which would be against the Classic branding. It's supposed to be similar to the iPods before it, not like the iPods and iPhones of the current generation. People buy the Classic mostly for music only and it's large hard drive. If it was switched to flash storage, it would either not store as much or would cost nearly double the current price.

    A more modest refresh would be a refreshed UI, maybe a higher resolution "Retina" display (640*480), a larger hard drive and most likely the new Lightning connector in place of the older Dock connector.

    Although, it's most likely that once they implement 128 GB or 256 GB flash storage on the iPod Touch, the Classic will be retired. It's quite out of place in the current line up compared to the Nano, Shuffle and Touch.
  5. Rawkfist macrumors regular


    Jul 4, 2010
    Since the Classic will soon be the only device Apple sells with a 30 pin connector I would like to see it with a Lightning connector. 256gb of SSD and keep the click wheel. Retina display and the best DAC that's affordable and I'm first in line for a new one.
    So, to answer the question posed in the title of this thread, heck yeah!
  6. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Keep the same screen size but modernize the UI. Even if it's just flattening it out.
  7. Blackstick macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2014
    Sunny South Florida
    I think it's entirely possible Apple has outright forgotten they even sell the iPod Classic. I bet if you got a report on available inventory on Classics in each Apple Store, they'd have less than a dozen sold, YTD 2014.

    At this point in the game, the Classic is a unique, niche type product- it only caters to those who need up to 160GB of music on hand at all times, that's pretty rare. If they release a 128/256GB Touch, that'd probably spell the end of the click wheel iPod as we know it.
  8. iOzzie macrumors regular

    Feb 22, 2010
    This, my thoughts exactly!

    The beats acquisition and the "best product pipeline" in 25 years give those that want a new Classic hope! I wonder if there will be a iPod event this year or if next Tuesday might have something?
  9. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
  10. b3av3r macrumors regular


    Dec 9, 2012
    I use a Classic not only for storage capacity but also for the click wheel. I can store almost all of my music on a Classic which is nice. However, the most important thing for me is the click wheel. I primarily use my Classic while it is in my pocket and with the click wheel I can pause and skip forward/backward without taking it out of my pocket.

    The only thing I would like to see changed would be to slim it down just a little. Other than that it fulfills my needs perfectly.
  11. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    I wish they would, but I'm almost certain they're going to discontinue it.
  12. iOzzie macrumors regular

    Feb 22, 2010
    It would be nice to know either way though, that way there is some clarity in the product pipeline going forward.
  13. taptic macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2012
    It's a nice product, but I think they could probably afford to drop its price pretty substantially...
  14. Anitramane macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2013
  15. kilcher macrumors 65816


    Jul 3, 2011
    I've had 2-3 Classics and LOVED them. Of course it's been sitting in a drawer collecting dust ever since the 64GB iPhone came along. That doesn't hold all of my music but it holds enough to keep me happy.

    I do think it can keep chugging along as is for a couple more years but who knows, I don't think anyone would be surprised if Apple drops it completely.

    I would guess once a 128GB (or higher) Touch comes along it'll be toast.
  16. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I don't care for a bigger screen. I could even settle for a B/W one. I hope they keep the touch wheel. It's still a joy to use.

    Could refresh the design a bit with a brushed or anodized back (so it doesn't scratch so easily) and probably upgrade the storage it flash with some quality audio components. I'm using Sony ZX1 now and wouldn't mind paying the same amount for an iPod class with 256GB of space with quality DAC and amps for that price.
  17. puma1552 macrumors 603

    Nov 20, 2008
    I think they could keep the screen the same size or close to it, make it higher res or retina and glass, then give the device a smaller footprint, but not much. They could decrease the footprint by 20-25% pretty easily, and keep the click wheel either just the same size as now or scale it down 20-25% accordingly. Thickness could stay the same. Then you'd have a device that felt fresh and new, but still weighty and substantial.

    Keep the classic the way it is, just freshen it up, make it a bit smaller, and give it a better screen and a lightning connector and flash storage. Would cost Apple nearly nothing in R&D.
  18. MarcoCapa macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2013
    I have the impression that the ipod line up this year would be shaken off....
    The pono crowd founding campaign, like the new sony high quality dap and all the other producer (astell & kern, fiio) are making their appearance...
    I think apple would release a new high quality player ( i hope in an expandable memory player) instead of the classic...
    the ipod touch is a dying market...
    The nano would be replaced by the iwatch
    Maybe the shuffle could remain....
    Let me know what U think!!!
  19. msavwah macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2010
  20. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    I agree. Knowing what will happen with the line would be nice.
  21. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    I frankly think the better approach would be iPod nano with higher storage options.

    iPod touch currently commands $50 premium over iPod nano, so I would like to see nano updated with a bit more generous capacity to justify vastly reduced feature set: 32GB at $149 and 128GB at $299 (I would forget the 64GB tier).
  22. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    There is still a market (a niche market certainly, but an informed and articulate market) of individuals who wish to keep all of their music on one device, and who wish to use it simply and solely to listen to music. For such people, the classic is a godsend and is irreplaceable. No other device offered by Apple meets this need.

    Other products do other things very well, but, if you are a music lover who desires to carry your (entire) music library with you (as I do), the classic is one of the greatest and most useful devices ever invented. It does what it was invented to do, very well.

    Me, I always have two classics at any on time - one is a spare in case the other dies, and, as I travel a lot, I always have a classic in my briefcase, on my desk, or near my bedside.

    I like the form and function of the classic; if such a choice permitted, I would happily welcome (and pay for) a 128 SSD, or even a 256 SSD classic; an improved screen would be nice, but not necessary, and I do admit that I am something of a fan of the clickwheel.
  23. rmsanger macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2014
    A 256 gig SSd version would be a fixture in my laptop bag. Traveling and daily commute would be much improved.
  24. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    Exactly; I travel a lot, and my iPod classic is a more or less permanent resident of my briefcase, for precisely this reason, along with my MBA, various books (things with covers), and real note books which one can write in…..
  25. juanrp macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2014
    Refreshing it to be more like current iPhones and iPods would completely destroy the Classic branding.

    A few tweaks could work for the people that are interested in it, but that doesn't include me.

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