Apple hasn't updated the iPod classic since 2009, and some had believed that the device would be phased out at the company's Sept. 10 event. It wasn't.
Following Apple's Sept. 10 event where it announced the iPhone 5S and 5C, the iPod classic is still available for purchase. Wired reported Sept. 6 that the portable media player would "die this year."
"I don't see Apple investing any more into the iPod classic, even just to upgrade the connector. It's been a couple of years since the iPod classic has been updated. We can assume it will be phased out, unless we see it updated on September 10th." Anthony Scarsella, chief gadget officer of Gazelle
The iPod classic's lineage can be traced back to the original iPod that was released in October 2001. The original iPod had a 1GB hard drive (enough space for 1,000 songs) and a mechanical click wheel. The current iPod classic has a 160GB hard drive (enough for 40,000 songs) and a touch sensitive scroll wheel.
Apple stopped breaking out iPod sales in its quarterly reports in July 2013. Apple had sold 375 million iPods (across all models) by July 2013.
Critics have noted that the iPod classic is no longer necessary as it once was given the proliferation of high-speed wireless access and streaming music services like Spotify and Rdio (pictured here). Apple will launch an online radio service of its own, called iTunes Radio, this fall.
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