What do you want from iPod Classic?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by killr_b, Mar 1, 2011.


What do you want iPod Classic to be next?

Poll closed May 30, 2011.
  1. High Capacity, around 250GB

    66 vote(s)
  2. Thinner, but still around 160GB

    20 vote(s)
  3. More battery life

    28 vote(s)
  4. More functions (built-in radio tuner, camera, mic, ect. )

    23 vote(s)
  5. Ability to down-convert on transfer to 256kbs

    10 vote(s)
  1. killr_b, Mar 1, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2011

    killr_b macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2005
    I have to ask the people of this forum:
    Do you want a thinner Classic, more storage, ect? Select multiple options and lets see where we are.

    I want a 250GB iPod Classic. I love music and my library is about 50% Apple Lossless now, and I can tell the difference in the quality. I don't want to down convert to 128kbs EVER, and I'm not sure 256kbs is good enough either (what I used before Apple Lossless and 2TB hard drives). I don't care if it is as thick and heavy as the iPod Photo, I was cool with that then.

    What do you all want and why?
  2. Rawkfist macrumors regular


    Jul 4, 2010
    A music player

    I want more storage, the more the better. A better DAC, like the 5g and 5.5g had. Like the title says, I want a MUSIC player. A Classic doesn't need to multi-function. I really like the no look function of the scroll wheel. The thickness or thinness of it is no big deal to me because mine spends 90% of it's time in my glovebox anyway. When I do take it out, the scroll wheel suits my simple needs and my simple mind. I might be in the minority on these views, but my iPod needs to do one thing and do it well. Nothing does it better than the Classic.
  3. v66jack macrumors 6502a


    May 20, 2009
    London, UK
    iPod Classic in my view should be bulky, have some real weight and pack masses of storage. It should play music, have the round scroll thing on the front and a screen. That's it!
  4. Alaerian Guest


    Jan 6, 2005
    A barstool, Innis & Gunn in hand
    I want an iPod. Just an iPod. I want storage, I want battery life. I want to be able to take my entire collection with me and have space to spare.

    I don't want bells and whistles - leave off the crap like cameras, touch screens, etc. The iPod Touch already exists for people who want that.
  5. Zoreke, Mar 1, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2011

    Zoreke macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    Better sound, DAC and amp, so it can drive better headphones on the go. and more storage is always good. FLAC support would be nice too.

    Better earbuds (I basically trow away the stock ones), I want the 10 year anniversary audiophile ipod !

  6. NeoMac macrumors regular


    Feb 10, 2006
    Beyond the higher capacity I would like airplay but it's not a deal breaker.
  7. Yaboze macrumors 6502a


    May 31, 2007
    The Garden State
    Good post and poll! I am a huge fan of the classic and wheel based iPods. I just want a music player, faster scrolling through songs (my B&W iPod 4 was faster in this regard), good DAC, good storage, etc. A little weight and bulk, smaller screen is ok (when compared to the Touch). I would also like the back to be less mirrored because it scratches so easily. Make it matte and look like the iPad with a black apple logo or something.

    I just hope they don't bag the product. I hope it stays around, even if it's not that popular and doesn't have a big touch screen, etc.
  8. emvath macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2009
    I would love to have a classic with 128 flash memory in it!
  9. Rawkfist macrumors regular


    Jul 4, 2010
    I think a flash drive Classic would be cool. That would increase battery life. But 128gb is not big enough for my needs. A 256gb flash drive Classic with a decent DAC would be the iPod of my dreams. At the current price of SSD right now I don't think enough people would be able to justify the price for Apple to produce it. Maybe the Classic will survive long enough for a flash based unit to be feasible.
  10. herruberraschen macrumors newbie


    Jan 23, 2011
    FM radio, wi-fi iTunes store, and an external volume button.
  11. jrcsh6 macrumors 6502


    Jul 1, 2008
    bigger, widescreen, higher res. screen, smaller wheel. like the previous gen ipod nano and a huge HD. i'd also like white back from the old days of a true CLASSIC!:D
  12. mattk3650 macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2010
    Big 'ol 4.0" touch screen. Simple interface. It would be basically a thicker, hard drive, iPod Touch with no app store. Just Music, Videos, and Photos.
  13. Komentra macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2011
    I would like it to have Wifi and that's it and the ability to stream from your iTunes library and perhaps a music store.
  14. Alan64 macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2009
  15. phairphan, Mar 3, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2011

    phairphan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2005
    Reject Beach
    Bring back the slight thicker version of the first iPod Classic, the one capable of accommodating dual platter drives. Then convince Toshiba to make a dual platter version of their new 220 GB drive for a whopping 440 GB of space. Improve the DAC and the amp and charge an arm and a leg for it. I'd be happy with just the extra space, but they might as well throw in a few extras.

    Per the above poll, one thing I imagine a lot of us lossless folks would appreciate is the ability to choose the down-sampling rate. 128kb/s? No thanks. Even before I started re-ripping everything ALAC, I never used such a low bit rate. That's an iTunes issue and has nothing to do with the iPod.
  16. iLucas macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2011
    A much larger hard drive.
    I would like just one device to be able to carry my music library and play it whenever.

    my current 80 gb is full!
  17. FatJeff macrumors newbie


    Feb 26, 2011
    On a distant rock in the Pacific...
    Like most of you all I want is a larger hard drive. I use mine in the usual fashion as a music player, but I also do large file transfers with it, so an extra 10-12 gigs of available storage space is valuable to me.

    Keep the storage big.
    Keep the features simple.
    Keep it reliable (still using a 30g Photo version)
    Keep the price low.
    Keep making it!
  18. iLucas macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2011
    This as well.

    I have dropped my iPod classic a ton of times, and it is still in excellent shape.
  19. iEvolution macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    There is one more very important factor missing from the poll, "improved sound quality". The classic is behind sound quality wise when it should be the best since it is pretty centered around music.

    Overall, if I were to pick just one it would definitely be capacity, with improved sound quality a VERY close second.
  20. Vermillion macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2011
    Definitely bigger space. My current iPod is full and I would LOVE to have most of my music in lossless on it.
  21. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    I love the classic and find myself in agreement with almost everyone who has posted so far. Nice thread, and nice, too, to see that the classic still has a certain cult status amongst music lovers, and that it still has fans.

    Personally, the I'd like to see a number of features. To me, the classic is a music player, pure and simple, and I'm not interested in complicated features. I have an iTouch which does all that and more. So, for the classic, I'd like to see more storage, and longer battery life. If that storage could come in the form of SSD, I'd be delighted. Agree with iEvolution about the sound quality, it could certainly do with improvement, and I agree totally with Zoreke re the poor quality of the admittedly stylish ear-buds. I, too, have never actually been able to use them comfortably.

  22. killr_b thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2005
    Some good ideas in this thread. I like the idea of using an aluminum back like the iPad. iPods only look good for about 5 minutes...

    I didn't put the Digital to Analog converter as a poll option because I didn't know the DAC was downgraded after the 5g. Maybe they should release a special edition "audiophile" version that has a really good DAC, a dual platter drive @+ 400GB, and a real eq with at least 10 bands.
  23. someone28624 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
    I don't need a whole lot more features, but I woud love an FM tuner. Better battery life wouldn't hurt either. I don't need a higher capacity, but lighter is always nicer, just don't do it by sacrificing functionality- keep the current general form factor.
  24. dXTC macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2006
    Up, up in my studio, studio
    My next logical iPod purchase is the classic, when/if my 5th gen nanos wear out; the 6th gen nano is seriously nerfed.

    My votes: More storage of course, better battery life, and ability to downconvert to 256K. I'm rebuilding my library, some of it in Lossless, and it would be nice to have a setting that's better than 128K.

    I think Apple could squeeze 192Gb (six 32Gb chips) into the current form factor. Ditching the platter drive would boost battery life considerably, and even more space would be left for battery capacity. 256 Gb may take too much room on the circuit board unless Apple used four 64Gb chips, which starts to get really pricey.

    I don't necessarily care for more features such as FM radio. However, a high-quality DAC/phone amp would be a definite plus.

    Oh, and keep the Click Wheel! For those who want touch screen, Apple could up the iPod touch to 128Gb.
  25. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008

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