The iPod is dead.
Earlier this month, there was this Apple event that’s happening every year or half or something like that. I don’t pay much attention, being a Windows child since 1993 and all. Still, I do have an iPod, 5th Generation, named Sophie. And today, I learned that Apple won’t produce any more proper iPods, or iPod classic as savages may call it.
It saddens me that there’s now no real option for people like me who want their whole music collection with them at any time, if they also happen to want to have an Apple-branded portable music player.
A large collection means you need space. A shuffle’s 2 GB are a joke in that regard. A nano’s 16 GB are pretty okay for normal people, I guess. And a touch’s 64 GB make at least an effort. But ever since the 6th Generation’s release, I wished I had waited just a little bit longer for the then-small 80 GB version. Simply, because the trend towards today’s 73+ GB in my iTunes library was very much apparent.
I get that people like me are the minority, but it shows once more that the iPod is still very much a fashion item rather than a utility for playing music. [If that’s even the main focus for most people, with the iPhone nano being more like the 21st century’s Game Boy.]
A utility needs to be practical; 160 GB are very fucking practical when it comes to music-file size. Yes, a touch screen is quite practical, but if it comes at a 100-GB disadvantage, it’s not really worth it.
I guess, I’ll have to resort to a second-hand iPod should Sophie ever decide it’s time to go. *knockonwood*
It was good knowing you. You revolutionised the world.