But if this report by TUAW proves true, we might also be bidding goodbye to two portable classics, the iPod Classic and the iPod Shuffle.
Back in the day, these two were the star of Apple’s annual fall event. The iPod Classic was largely considered the indispensable portable media player back then with its hip click wheel and ginormous storage while the iPod Shuffle’s minute size simply baffled everyone.
But ever since the iPod touch and iPhone both hit the scene, it’s been all about the touchscreen, and these two, understandable, took a back seat to its other iPod siblings. I’m sure they’re still doing pretty well in the market. But not as good as the iPod touch or iPhone.
So it’s won’t exactly be a complete shock if Apple does indeed decide to retire these two iPod models. Come to think of it, it’s a bit more surprising they didn’t pull the plug much earlier.
If this does happen on October 4, the death of the iPod Classic (and Shuffle) will officially mark the end of an era, and usher in the golden age of touchscreen devices, not that it’s not obvious enough.
And just like with the demise of Palm and the resignation of Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple, this will certainly strike a chord amongst us gadget geeks who’ve been keeping tabs on the tech scene for the past two decades or so. It’s prolly because we, at some point in our lives, once owned/toyed around with or at the very least dreamed of having an iPod Classic, hence the affinity to the device.
Or maybe because this also serves to remind us of how much older we’re getting having witnessed all these tech milestones.
Well, I can’t speak for the rest of the Technoodling gang, but as for me, I’d rather go with the former rather than the latter.
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