Now That The iPod Classic Has Been Sadly Discontinued, What MP3 Players Could Possibly Replace The Iconic iPod Classic?: The announcement of the demise of the iPod Classic has been much discussed on these threads, and the whys, wherefores, and regrets have all been aired. Some of us have regretted the passing of an iconic device, which revived Apple, and which utterly transformed the marketing, purchase and consumption of music (and the relationship of recording companies to both artists and the market), while others have shrugged and sneered, suggesting that we 'get the Cloud' and move on, because, well, everything is of its time, and that time passes. Business models change, too, with time, and I can see this while deploring some of the changes. However, I am starting this thread to see what people are doing to listen to music on the move now that the iPod classic is likely to become less easily acquired or obtained. For myself, the iPod classic was one of the most wonderful devices ever invented, as it fulfilled a crying need of mine, the need to be able to listen to hours and hours of music, as I travel a lot, (planes, trains, buses, cars) or am staying in hotels and similar spots, an awful lot of the time. Indeed, my classic has been a constant companion, in either a briefcase, or in a pocket (or lap, or desk, or table) for the best part of a decade. I am one of those who likes to be able to carry my entire music collection in one, neat, portable device, and all I want from an iPod is to be able to listen to music. Moreover, the Cloud does not interest me where music is concerned; this is because I have concerns over data - and privacy - and I have even greater concerns over 'ownership' issues. I'm of the world where, when you bought a vinyl LP, or a CD, you 'owned' that; you could not broadcast it, but you could play it, on your own devices, for as long and as often, as you wished. The new model of continuously renewed rented ownership makes access to music an ongoing income generator, rather than one, where, once money has changed hands, the transaction was completed. Re classics, I have two which are still working perfectly well. And, realising that the device would most likely be discontinued, I also was fortunate in that I was able to acquire a spare classic or two, which should see me through the next few years. However, on the matter of devices that exist solely (or mainly) for listening to music (and no, I am not really talking about those that can download apps, and so on) are there any substitutes that people are using, or would contemplate using, or would care to recommend or offer observations on? Even if it means leaving the Apple ecological system? In any case, I note that Zune has been discontinued, while Creative have produced some pretty good MP3s. This past week-end, I was shown a stunning MP3 device, by Astell & Kern, stunning, but stratospherically expensive.