IPod Clas­sic (sixth gen)

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We didn’t know it at the time, but the sixth iPod, the 2007 iPod Clas­sic, was the last of the line. The iPod name would live on, but that iconic de­sign wouldn’t. The Clas­sic dis­pensed with the fa­mous white cas­ing and seven years later Ap­ple would dis­pense with the Clas­sic too. There would be no more scroll wheels, touch wheels or click wheels, no more hard disks, no more 30-pin dock con­nec­tors – and no more iPods whose sole pur­pose was mu­sic. To­day’s iPods are com­put­ers with mu­sic apps. And that’s great. But while there were half-hearted at­tempts to add pho­tos and videos to it, the iPod Clas­sic was only ever des­tined to be a mu­sic ma­chine.

The news that Ap­ple was killing off the Clas­sic in Septem­ber 2014 turned out to be bit­ter­sweet. Peo­ple with re­ally big mu­sic col­lec­tions were sad be­cause, at 160GB, no other iPod came close to the big­gest Clas­sic’s stor­age space. But Clas­sic own­ers who didn’t re­ally care about such things soon dis­cov­ered that peo­ple with re­ally big record col­lec­tions were will­ing to pay big money for big hard-disks. iPod Clas­sic prices soared, and while they’ve calmed down a bit you can still make around £400 from one.

The iPod Clas­sic didn’t die be­cause it was a bad prod­uct. It died be­cause Ap­ple couldn’t make it any more. The world had moved on: the hard disks were im­pos­si­ble to source, and even if Ap­ple had man­aged to get enough there wasn’t enough in­ter­est in the iPod to jus­tify the costs of de­vel­op­ing a Light­ning one.

I thought of putting my 80GB black one on eBay, but de­cided no: I like it too much, and it’s been the core of my in-car en­ter­tain­ment for years. The bat­tery’s prob­a­bly long gone but I keep mine ca­bled up to the car stereo any­way, so that my im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of Girls Aloud and Five Star records is al­ways avail­able when I’m out and about.

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