I've long said that the chrome backing of the iPod wasn't going anywhere anytime soon. As much as I've wanted it to, I've always said I wouldn't believe it until I saw it for myself. But I finally believe it's going to happen, even though I haven't seen it yet. Apple has long been obsessed with making the backs of their iPods with shiny chrome backs. The iPods looked beautiful outta the box, but god forbid you keep them out of a case, lest you suffer the fate of having it scratched up to no end. No product as big as the iPod damages that easily, and it was sickening how much Apple couldn't resist it. But I think it's finally headed out the door. Apple has used chrome backing on all its major iPod models (Classic and Touch) since the very beginning. The chrome even made it to the bezel of the iPhone for 3 generations. But look where chrome is now. The chrome bezel of the iPhone, which gave it its iconic look, is now gone. The bezel and back of the iPad are made of aluminum. I think Apple has just given up on it, in the same way they gave up on white iPods. I think chrome was just a design phase that Apple went through, and they are phasing it out. As I said, the iPhone and iPad are chrome free, and I expect the iPod Touch to follow. I think Apple is just moving on to a new generation of design, with smooth aluminum and glass. All their products have it. The only ones that don't are the iPod Touch and iPod Classic. The Classic will keep the chrome, but I don't think the Touch will. I expect to see something similar to the aluminum of the iPad. Here's to hoping.