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  (Source: skattertech.com)
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 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.


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