With every new Apple event, fans of the click wheel-based iPod classic begin wringing their hands in anticipation of the fate of their favorite large-capacity music player -- could this be the year Cupertino finally puts it out to pasture?
Here we are, one week before Apple is set to wow us with whatever they've got behind the curtains, so if you thought the hot news stories this week weren't going to skew toward being about next Tuesday and what we might gain -- and what we might lose -- well, you're in the wrong place.
Lovers of the classic iPod click wheel, that disturbance in the Force you just felt was Apple stealthily removing compatible games from the iTunes Store -- a move that only adds fuel to the burning rumors that the iPod classic may meet its 10th anniversary by being tossed into the grave.
Apple yesterday announced that it's officially holding an event a week from now to announce new iOS products. Whether it's a new iPhone or a whole slew of iPods is a different story entirely, but it could very well be that this year we'll be seeing a refresh to everyone's favorite music player. With that in mind, here’s a look at what Cupertino might do to put the spotlight back on the iPod again.
iPod fans have been waiting with bated breath for Apple’s fall media event to be announced, especially with the spotlight now shining brightly on a new iPhone. Much to an iPod lover’s chagrin, Apple’s invitations on Tuesday say everything: “Let’s talk iPhone.” Could one or more of the iPod line soon go swimming with the fishes?
By this time of the year, traditionally we’d be reporting on a treasure trove of rumors about new iPods, with Apple’s annual fall music event usually arriving in the month of September. That’s not the case now that the iPhone 5 is hogging the spotlight after being bumped from the WWDC lineup back in June -- but there are still some things we’d like to see Cupertino do with the decade-old media players.
The iPod will be 10 years old this fall, and as more and more users opt for the iPhone or even the iPad as their media player of choice, Apple may be asking themselves: Is it time to drive a stake in the heart of the iPod yet? Here are a handful of reasons why they might, along with just as many for why they won’t.
Each September, fans of the original iPod wait with teeth clenched in anticipation of Apple’s annual music-themed media event -- all to find out if the beloved iPod classic will live, die or maybe even get an upgrade once more. According to Steve Jobs, you can breathe a sigh of relief -- for now.
When an Apple product becomes scarce in stores and online, it isn't too long until talk of a product refresh hits the interwebz. This has been the way of things amongst the Apple faithful for time immemorial. With this in mind, let us talk of products in need of an overhaul, exasperating shipping times and iPod Classics.