2011 iPod Classic Rumors: What We Know

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There seems to be much confusion over the possibility of the 2011 iPod Classic, as we recently reported that the device could be discontinued before WWDC. However, there are a number of rumors going round that Apple could still offer a refresh due to it still being the “5th most popular media player” last year.

Who would have thought that such an aging device would still be in the top five in 2010? We know that the device looks old compared to the likes of the iPod Touch, but having a huge range will certainly help Apple in sales in the long run. Apple does not have as many products as fans would hope, so keeping the iPod Classic is important.

It was AppleInsider who learned from NPD of these sales results, it was the black version of the device that came out on top from the range, the silver model was down in 10th place. There are a number of ways where Apple can update the range, and it is the hard drive that needs the attention, it needs to go to Flash storage like the Touch and Nano.

What we found interesting about the NPD tracking Service is how all but one device in the top ten were Apple. This is certainly one in the eye for other media player makers.

The only way that we believe that Apple would discontinue the iPod Classic is that they would drop the price of the Touch by a huge margin – that’s not going to happen. We believe that a refresh is coming, but when is another question.

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  • Rich

    Anybody who likes 160GB or more of storage likes these players. You can store all your music in high resolution (Apple Lossless). It's a dream, that flash drives won't realize for quite a while. These are great players. So what if they are "old" technology!

    • itsthebeats

      I need a new MP3 player, I have never owned an Ipod, but I have an Mac, and a lot of music all at 320kbps. The only thing holding me back from getting a classic is reports of the poor sound quality. This is extremely important to me. If Apple fixed this, I would be getting one, and raving about, without a doubt, but at the moment, I’m just not sure

    • itsthebeats

      I need a new MP3 player, I have never owned an Ipod, but I have an Mac, and a lot of music all at 320kbps. The only thing holding me back from getting a classic is reports of the poor sound quality. This is extremely important to me. If Apple fixed this, I would be getting one, and raving about, without a doubt, but at the moment, I’m just not sure

  • Steven Thomas

    Have to agree, only my "classic" can hold my entire library. I carry my 64gb previous gen Touch. My 160gb iPod (prev. gen not classic) lives in my car arm rest connected to my Pioneer headset. It works great, but the setup won't charge the Touch any more.

  • Rich

    Also I might add, the 160GB Classic iPod acts as a great (and cheap) music server, when going directly to a digital/analog interface and converter on a high quality stereo, and bypassing the iPod's analog circuitry.

  • Jason

    I love the classic ipod. It was my first ipod and I loved it. Then the ipod touch came out and I liked it for the touch screen. I've heard different rumors that they were gonna add more gigabites to the classic. 220 to be exact. That woiuld be great cause I'm a huge movie buff as well as music, so I'd love to personally see a new ipod classic with a touch screen like the ipod touch, and run the same way, but just with more memory for less cost than the itouch. I'd rather carry around something a little bulkier with features I love, rather than carry around something thin with less storage space. Apple should really do this for the classic line. i believe they'd be bestsellers beating out even the itouch if the classic had a touch screen and could do the same as an itouch. That would be a dream come true for many ipod classic lovers. Then people could choose between the ipod classic or the ipod touch. Either way I see it as a win win situation for Apple Ipod consumers.

    • Brian

      What you are saying makes no sense. you basically want an ipod touch with more memory at a cheaper price. thats not happening. many ipod classic users like myself love the ipod classic for its simplicity. if i wanted a touch screen with apps and other bullshit on it i would buy an ipod touch. But since i only want it for music i dont need all that crap, so all i care about is memory. if they added a touch screen it would only make the price jump up. they should keep the classic exactly as it is just increase the memory and add nothing to it.

  • Simon in Leigh

    Love the Classic and determined to hold out buying a Touch until Apple make at least a 120GB version

  • Christian Guerreiro

    It would be a shame if Apple discontinued the iPod Classic as the memory is second to none and some people prefer having a device which is solid and bigger. It fits nicely in your hand too. I find the new generation ones aesthetically pleasing but they do feel a little flimsy.

  • Madtownmoxie

    I have the touch based phone and it is my means of contact to the web and email and FB, some videos (movies and TV) and of course the App Store but that's it. No music there. I house all my tunes on my 5G Classic which I can take with me and have the majority of my music collection. Holding out for a new one to see if indeed the Classic gets that huge new 220GB HDD. That would be epic and I will sign on immediately for that one!