Discontinuing The iPod Classic? Say It Isn’t So, Apple.Posted: September 29, 2011
I am hearing something. Something bad. I need you to tell me that it isn’t so. You see, rumor has it that you will discontinue the iPod Classic.
You can’t do that. Yes, I know it is within your power to do so, but I disagree with the idea that you should exercise that power. Let’s discuss some reasons why you should make the rumors untrue.
Classics Never Go Out Of Style
The iPod classic is aptly named. The original design was a classic. All its descendents are functional and design refinements on its theme.
Classics never go out of style.
When a man needs to look his best, he puts on a suit and tie. Yes, I will admit that I do not own a suit, but that isn’t the point. If someone I knew was getting married I would buy one and put it on. The point is that the design of a man’s suit is a classic. Generations of men have worn the same basic configuration of clothing to the office and semi-formal occasions. Today’s suit is both similar to and different from suits worn by men in the early 20th century. It has been refined and keeps evolving, but, save for an unfortunate period in the 1970’s, it has never been tossed aside because it is a classic.
Let’s consider the concept of classic from another angle. People consider certain films to be classic. Those films are still shown and revered today. Metropolis wasn’t put on the shelf when The Jazz Singer joined motion pictures and sound. People still enjoy Bogart and Bacall in black and white in this era of computer generated animation. They, like your original iPod line, are classics. There will always be a place for them.
Do you need more? OK, let’s get personal.
I love music. I listen to it constantly. I worked my way through college partly by working at music stores and ushering at concerts. I lived on Lipton’s Chicken Noodle Soup in those days because I spent a lot of money buying music to listen to, and I didn’t know what ramen was. I dreamed of the day that I would be able to listen to whatever part of my music collection I wanted, wherever I chose. I knew back then it was an impractical dream.
And then, the dream came true. iPod made it possible for me to live the dream – music, my music, anywhere. I thought I’d never fill up my first 10GB iPod. I did. I upgraded to a 40GB, then an 80GB.
I should pause here and say that I am not proud of what I am about to admit.
I Am An Addict
My love, OK, need for the iPod classic is part of my being. I thought I knew it because I kept buying them and filling them up. The need is deeper than that.
I realized I how badly needed my iPod early one morning as I was leaving for work. I grabbed my 80GB iPod and was headed out the door. My hands were full, I was in a rush. I heard a sickening sound beneath me. I looked down. It was the iPod. I grabbed it up and did all I could, but it was gone. My heart sank and then, I did something I had never done before and have not done since.
I went back inside, called my partner and told him I was under the weather and was staying home. I was perfectly healthy. The only times I have made a similar call to my employer, it was because I was in an emergency room. I just could not face the day without my music, the musical dream that you enabled me to carry with me to my desk and into the field. I was waiting outside a department store door at 10 am when they opened. My 120 GB was syncing my library thirty minutes later.
I am an addict.
My trusty 120 GB iPod classic is a big part of my life. It is with me all the time. I do not leave the house without it.
It is nearing capacity. Nearing the time when I’ve got to buy up again. I’ve got 17,000 songs on it, they all live together happily and help me through my day.
Beethoven. Strauss. Copland. Those guys live next door to the masters of The Blues – Blind Willie McTell, Lightnin’ Hopkins, B.B. King and all their friends. Bela Fleck and his banjo are in there, along with Kaki King, Issac Hayes, Johnny Cash, Curtis Mayfield, The Indigo Girls and Robert Earl Keen. The Boss is in there, so is Buffett, so is Will Kimbrough. Warren Zevon is still alive in my iPod. Ernie and The Berts just moved in.
When I need to get fired up for work, I have the New Zealand Rugby Team Haka. I yell with them, and we become indestructible together.
My son’s high school jazz band lives in my iPod and makes Basie’s composition, Splanky, swing any time I want them to.
17,000 and I know I’ll need more. I’ve eyed the 160GB model and told myself that by the time I fill that, you’d be ready with even more capacity. Now is not the time for us to part ways, Apple. I’m not the only one like me and we both know it.
The iPod touch is nice, I replaced my PDA with it. I’m going to replace my phone with the iPhone next month. Sure, I need those apps. I don’t need them in place of my music.
OK, Let’s Wrap This Up
Apple, have you ever seen stories on the local news about when fire consumes some unfortunate person’s home? They love to show a picture of the victims who escaped the blaze, shivering and holding the pet they rescued. If ever you see a news story like that and there is a guy standing there in a t-shirt and boxers, shivering and cradling his iPod, you can say to yourself “wow, Omawarisan gets some f-ed up bed head when he sleeps.”
Yes, I would save the iPod. I would never let a classic die. Don’t you do it either.
Say it isn’t so, Apple.
- Apple may kill iPod shuffle, iPod classic (digitaltrends.com)