iPod is Dead! Long live iPod…
Well it may be an exaggeration, only the 160gb iPod Classic has been removed from Apple’s website, the other iPods are very much there. But the iPod touch of today have less in common with the original iPod the digital music player – the are more closer to the iPhone – a personal multimedia player and internet device. What really troubles is that it was done silently… there was no mention of it in the launching event of iPhone 6 and iWatch yesterday (10th September 14).
Wherever I am, there are 14521 songs travelling with me – almost every English & Hindi language song that I would like to listen to, with just a few moves & clicks I can choose and play any of my favorite songs. If I put them on shuffle, a song will be repeated only after 46 days… Apart from this huge collection of music, there are 1,000+ audio Podcasts and 10,000+ Photographs it allows to carry with me all the time. More than 20gb space is still left to store newer songs, podcasts, pictures or audio books. Undoubtedly iPod Classic is the Most Favorite gadget that I have.
Its a little sad to note that yesterday Apple silently removed it from its website, they wont be making it anymore, no new version of it can be expected now. Maybe they will upgrade the iPod Touch to 160gb or more in the future, who knows. But it wont be the Classic iPod, so if you have one, keep it like a treasured possession (like me). It will remain available on in the retail market for a while and in use for a much longer period of time because it has an amazing built quality – arguably better than any other Apple product.
There are people who just love Apple product – with all the shortcomings – 41% mobile phone market share and much higher share in tablets, almost synonymous with digital music player – people do not call Apple the computer company anymore. Then there are those who love to hate any product that Apple comes out with – no matter how much successful they are. Lots of people labeled iPod as a ugly expensive mp3 destined to fail initially when it was launched.
The launch of iPod was a low key affair compared with the launching event Steve Job hosted later on. https://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=11&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CGkQtwIwCg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DkN0SVBCJqLs&ei=o08RVOCXGoSLjAKOooD4AQ&usg=AFQjCNHFUuyaodOmEtNBU_jWsnRfJ0-vBA&sig2=y3hDhtZwW19YBsfTr21CXA&bvm=bv.74894050,d.cGE and the product was attached by all – dubbed as an expensive mp3 player no body would like to buy. But this is like the usual feedback for all Apple products. Steve Ballmer of Microsoft famously said in an interview that “my 85-year-old uncle probably will never own an iPod, and I hope we’ll get him to own a Zune.”
This was at the time of the iPhone launch, Ballmer also claimed in the same interview that “no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share.” “It’s a $500 subsidized item. They may make a lot of money. But if you actually take a look at the 1.3 billion phones that get sold, I’d prefer to have our software in 60% or 70% or 80% of them, than I would to have 2% or 3%, which is what Apple might get.”
Probably the best obituary of iPod Classic I came across is on Washington Post By Scott Butterworth “When the iPod debuted, a few weeks after 9/11, it was the latest testament to the idiosyncrasy of Apple’s chief executive, Steve Jobs. Simplify, he ordered the engineers. A user should be able to do anything with this in no more than three clicks.”….“Compared with its progeny, the Classic was a one-trick pony, and it sold accordingly. In January, Jobs’s successor, Tim Cook, called the iPod “a declining business.” So the demise of the iPod Classic Tuesday came as no real surprise. (For iPod devotees, the Shuffle, Nano and iPhone-inspired Touch still exist, for now.) But after 13 years, all that remains of the original, and its once-towering influence, are the profits — today, Apple has $164 billion in cash and, since the day that Jobs introduced it in 2001, its stock price is up 8,234 percent — and the headphones: millions of people bopping around with something white sticking in their ears.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-end-of-the-ipod-goodbye-to-the-little-box-that-changed-everything/2014/09/10/983525b2-38f5-11e4-9c9f-ebb47272e40e_story.html