Despite Apple’s recent decision to discontinue the iPod Classic, the mp3-players are currently in high demand. The product was deemed obsolete back in October but not according to the online marketplace, where its popularity has only increased since then.
According to CEO Tim Cook, the device was removed from the product lineup because making them had become impractical and less profitable, especially when compared to their extremely successful line of smartphones. Even though the device revolutionized the way we listen to music, the iPod has been playing second fiddle to the iPhone since 2007. It has now been overshadowed by the capabilities of smartphones.
A brand new iPhone 6 Plus might be high on most people’s Christmas lists but the demand for secondhand iPods should not be underestimated. In the four months since the mp3-player disappeared from Apple’s shelves, over 3,000 of them have sold on eBay. British sources report iPods being sold on Amazon for up to four times their original retail price. Prices in the United States are more reasonable, although some seventh generation iPod Classics that are brand new and still in their original boxes are selling on eBay for upwards of six-hundred dollars.
Perhaps Apple pulled the product too soon but it is not likely to slow the company down. The masters of marketing would not be where they are today without the iPod. It was probably the biggest factor in converting PC-users to their products, but Apple has never been known to rest on its laurels. Their ceaseless commitment to innovation is why the tech giant’s stock is worth more than the entire Russian stock market. The iPod was discontinued because technology is moving forward too quickly to get hung up on the click wheel.
Trends indicate that free music-streaming apps like Spotify and Rhapsody are the way of the future. These applications are yet another step in the progression towards an intangible music format.
First there was the feel of vinyl and its fragile grooves, but eventually records were replaced by the more convenient CD’s. Then mp3-players came along and revolutionized the music industry. Computers became the primary way of recording, collecting, storing and listening to music; organized mp3 libraries replaced stacks of scratched CDs. Now music collections are becoming obsolete since nearly all of the music in existence is available through the new cloud-based technology.
This unlimited access to music is something to delight in but there will always be those who find enjoyment in collecting music. Certain people still want to own their music. Their music collections, whether they are made up of old records or mp3 files, took years or even decades to accumulate, and they see these collections as part of their identity. For these audiophiles, it is impossible to beat the simplicity and storage capabilities of a 160GB iPod Classic. Thankfully there are plenty of them still in circulation.
The high demand for iPod Classics that has followed in the wake of Apple’s big decision proves that this iconic mp3-player has not yet gone out of style. In fact, the iPod might be cooler than ever now that it is officially on its way to vintage status.
By Dac Collins
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