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Classic's platter-based hard drive and Shuffle's lack of a screen are just two possible reasons for discontinuing the products

Apple's iPod has been around just over a decade now, with the current lineup consisting of the iPod Shuffle, iPod nano, iPod Classic and iPod touch. But according to TUAW, two of the aforementioned portable media players are getting the old heave-ho this year. 

If you've been thinking about picking up an iPod Nano or iPod Classic anytime soon, the time is now -- both media players are seeing their last days as sale items at Apple. 

According to TUAW, there are plenty of reasons for Apple to make this move. For starters, Apple announced earlier this year that 
iPod sales were falling short of expectations. The iPod Classic hasn't changed much over the years and doesn't offer anything that the iPod touch doesn't offer. Also, it uses a platter-based hard drive, and Apple is mainly switching to flash-based memory. 

As for the iPod Shuffle, its lack of a screen has been an issue since day one. 

With the Classic and the Shuffle out of the picture, Apple will only have touchscreen iPods available with the 
iPod nano becoming its new low-end media player. 

Apple has not confirmed this discontinuation, but TUAW received the word from an anonymous source.

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RE: Oh really?
By quiksilvr on 9/28/2011 12:32:22 PM , Rating: 2
I actually would like to see a HDD version of the iPod Touch. Archos does it, why can't Apple?

RE: Oh really?
By AMDftw on 9/28/2011 12:37:50 PM , Rating: 2
Because it would make Apple seem like they have some type of common scene

RE: Oh really?
By mellomonk on 9/28/2011 12:54:56 PM , Rating: 2
Because 99.9 of the manufactures out there are getting as far away from spinning disks, and their inevitable failure, as they can. All the new gadgets are all nand flash. The huge capacity is the only thing that has kept the Classic in the lineup, but with cloud services storing all or most of your library on the horizon, the handwriting was on the wall.

Archos is still in business? How retro. (I kid :)

RE: Oh really?
By hankw on 9/28/2011 1:48:51 PM , Rating: 2
Flash memory is prone to failure over time as well (limited write cycles). The advantages of flash that I see are smaller physical size, lower power consumption, and faster read speeds.
I can't see cloud storage being a complete replacement for lard sizes either since no everyone (like me) is connected at all times, nor is it always convenient to download large files when you need them.

RE: Oh really?
By Taft12 on 9/30/2011 2:06:06 PM , Rating: 2
"Limited write cycles" perfectly describes an iPod's use pattern. Apple is in the business of minimizing repairs and returns. Rotational drives don't have the durability of flash. There are many reasons to move away from spinning drives, in fact capacity is the only argument in favour.

RE: Oh really?
By xenol on 9/28/2011 2:10:43 PM , Rating: 2
Cloud storage only works if you have internet... which the iPod Touch can only get in spotty places. Not to mention that most cellular provides cap you at 2GB-3GB per month for the basic plan (which at the minimal acceptable MP3, you're at 34 hours of music).

But actually, NAND flash for a PMP device that you rarely update is better than HDDs, because you won't be writing so much to the memory, and hence, making the write limit pretty moot. i.e., the HDD is probably going to die first than the flash hitting it's life time.

RE: Oh really?
By Reclaimer77 on 9/28/2011 2:43:36 PM , Rating: 1
Nobody is going to use the same MP3 player for 10+ years anyway, hell probably not even 5. So arguing HDD vs. Flash reliability in this case is pointless in my opinion. MP3 players spend the vast majority of the time not even powered on. I can show you hard drives that ran 24/7 for over 10 years under heavy server loads.

RE: Oh really?
By seamonkey79 on 9/28/2011 8:06:48 PM , Rating: 2
My Zune 30 is still going strong.

RE: Oh really?
By Omega215D on 9/29/2011 1:14:53 AM , Rating: 2
Still using my 4+ year old Cowon D2 and it's still running strong. It has sound quality that many devices, especially apple stuff, can't match. The battery life is rated for 52 hours and I'm still getting 35 hours after all these years.

I carry 2 devices because I don't want to drain my battery on my phone by listening to tunes and the sound quality stated before.

RE: Oh really?
By michael2k on 9/29/2011 6:37:13 PM , Rating: 2
I'm still using my 2006 iPod as a video playing device.

RE: Oh really?
By Taft12 on 9/30/2011 2:07:20 PM , Rating: 2
Congratulations on flushing out the only 3 users on earth who use a 5+ year old MP3 player -- well done!

RE: Oh really?
By TakinYourPoints on 9/29/2011 7:31:40 AM , Rating: 2
Because it would be a really bad idea. Increased bulk, moving parts, reduced battery life, all negatives. My desktop PC has had an SSD for the main drive for two years now, and physical platters are a downgrade IMHO. I expect bad decisions from companies like Archos, but really, why anyone would think a physical hard drive in a portable device like this is a good idea is beyond me.

RE: Oh really?
By Subzero0000 on 9/29/2011 9:46:41 PM , Rating: 2
I actually would like to see a HDD version of the iPod Touch. Archos does it, why can't Apple?

Oh really? Good luck, running with a HDD.

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