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2011 iPod Classic Rumors: What We Know

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.

Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

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Madtownmoxie
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!

Christian Guerreiro
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.

Simon in Leigh
Simon in Leigh

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

Jason
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… Read more »

Rich
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.

Steven Thomas
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
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!

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