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Apple Discontinues iPod classic ➝

MacStories’ Graham Spencer points out that Apple has finally discontinued the iPod classic. There have been rumors of it’s demise for years and Apple has finally decided to pull the plug.

There was a time where having every song you own in your pocket was ground breaking. Now we have devices that hold most of our collections and have an internet connection that gives us access to streaming services with music that we may have never heard otherwise.

Part of me really misses owning everything — dealing with the occasional internet outage is more than a little irritating now — but I know I’m listening to more music than I ever have before.

Apple May Discontinue the iPod shuffle and classic ➝

Victor Agreda, Jr.:

It seems that the “product transition” Apple mentioned on the last earnings call could very well be within the iPod line. Specifically, if you want to buy an iPod shuffle or iPod classic from Apple, you should do it sooner rather than later. We’ve heard those two iPods are getting the axe this year.

The iPod shuffle and iPod classic seem like the least relevant devices in Apple’s product line. Other than the relatively high price tag of the iPod nano, I don’t know why anyone would choose to purchase an iPod shuffle. And with the full release of iCloud coming soon, I don’t know why anyone would purchase an iPod classic over an iPod touch.

The writing’s been on the wall for quite some time and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if Apple decided to discontinue both the iPod shuffle and iPod classic immediately following their event on October 4.

(Via MacRumors.)

The New iPod Lineup

At yesterday’s “It’s Only Rock and Roll” event Apple announced a completely refreshed lineup of iPods.

iPod shuffle

The form factor of the iPod shuffle has remained unchanged but it now comes in 2GB and 4GB varieties and is priced at $59 for the low end model. Apple is also offering the iPod shuffle in colors, alongside the standard silver and black there is pink, green, and blue.

A “special edition” iPod shuffle that is made out of polished stainless steel and comes with 4GB of storage is available for $99 exclusively from Apple.

iPod classic

Same form factor as before, but now with 160GB of storage for $249. Although there were rumors that the iPod classic would be discontinued I have a feeling that Apple will keep it around for at least one more hardware refresh (as long as the price of flash memory doesn’t plummet).

iPod touch

Apple is now positioning the iPod touch as a competitor to the Nintendo DS and the PSP. They started marketing it as such last year but Apple has started really kicking it into high gear. Except for the low end 8GB model the iPod touch is gaining OpenGL ES 2.0 support and the faster processor that the iPhone 3GS has.

The new pricing is $199 for 8GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB.

A camera is surprisingly missing from the iPod touch. It seems that HardMac‘s technical difficulties rumor may be true, especially since both iPodNN and AppleInsider claim that a camera is still coming to the iPod touch. Unless you need an iPod touch right now, I’d suggest waiting a little while.

iPod nano

The iPod nano was the biggest hardware announcement of the event. Apple managed to pack a video camera (no still images)  into the iPod nano while maintaining its previous generation’s form factor, but now it is made out of polished anodized aluminum. To complement the video camera the iPod nano has an integrated microphone, a speaker, and  a larger 2.2-inch display.

For the first time ever the iPod nano has a built in FM tuner. The radio has a TiVo-like live pause function that saves up to 15 minutes of music. Song names are displayed on the screen (as long as your radio station broadcasts that data) and you can tag songs you hear for identification purposes in iTunes when you’re back at your computer.

Other notable features:

  • VoiceOver
  • Genius Mixes
  • Voice Recorder
  • Built in pedometer to sync with Nike+

The new iPod nano is priced at $149 for 8GB and $179 for 16GB.

Apple – iPod – Compare iPod models and find the right one for you..

Previously:
8/31/09:
Apple Makes September 9 Event Official
8/27/09: iPod classic May Also Receive Camera
7/23/09: Wired Touting iPod touch Camera Rumor
4/7/09: iPod touch May Gain Camera in Future Hardware Revision

Update 9/12/09: Third-Generation iPod Touch Teardown Reveals 802.11n-Capable Wi-Fi Chip, Empty Space for Camera – Mac Rumors

Update 9/13/09: Chris Albrecht of NewTeeVee put the new iPod nano through its paces against a Flip Ultra SD. The Flip took better video but does that really matter? Who would buy a Flip camera instead of an iPod nano? Although the Flip takes slightly better video, the extra features you get with the iPod nano is well worth the lower video quality.

Update 9/13/09: Covino & Rich iPod touch was Real

Update 11/24/09: iPod touch Camera Rumors Resurface

Apple Cuts Prices on Existing iPods ➝

Prior to Apple’s “It’s Only Rock and Roll” event Apple’s online store went down and when it returned there were lower prices on all existing iPods, except for the shuffle.

  • The iPod touch: 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB are now $189, $249, and $279 respectively.
  • The iPod nano: 8GB and 16GB are now $129 and $149 respectively.
  • The iPod classic is now $229.

This lends some credibility to reports from HardMac earlier this week saying that the iPod touch may be delayed.

Whether the new iPods are delayed or not, I’d wait to see what Apple announces at the event.

Update 9/9/09: The store is back down and it’s interesting to note that the old iPod prices are still being displayed on their product pages (touch, nano, classic). I find it unlikely that this price change was accidental but we’ll know for sure in just a couple of hours.

Update 9/12/09: The dust has settled after the event and the iPod pricing that briefly appeared that morning is nowhere to be found. I find it hard to believe that it was just a mistake but I can’t come up with a better explanation for it.

September Apple Event Predictions

Although the Apple event hasn’t been officially announced, it’s as close to being confirmed as it could ever be. The event is rumored to be on September 9 and there has been quite a bit of speculation as to what might be announced at the event.

I have already published my predictions but thought I would reorganize them based on how confident I am of their announcement.

Confident

A Little Confident

  • iMac refresh, possibly just upgraded internal hardware.
  • Apple TV update, Take 3 (hopefully).

Not Going to Happen

No matter what happens at the event I’m sure most of you will be excited for it, especially if Steve Jobs makes his big return.

Update 8/31/09: Apple Makes September 9 Event Official

Update 9/2/09: Apple TV Shipping Window Slips to 1-2 Weeks

Update 9/12/09: The event happened and I didn’t do too bad. What I was confident about happened (except the cameras in the iPod touch and classic) while everything else I mentioned didn’t.

Update 9/13/09: Covino & Rich iPod touch was Real

Update 9/15/09: iTunes LP and Extras Destined for the Apple TV

Update 11/24/09: iPod touch Camera Rumors Resurface

iPod classic May Also Receive Camera ➝

DigiTimes is quoting “market sources” saying:

OmniVision will be the sole supplier of 3.2-megapixel CIS products for new iPod nano, iPod classic and iPod Touch models which will be launched in September, the sources indicated.

DigiTimes reported back in April that Apple had ordered 3.2- and 5-megapixel CMOS sensors from OmniVision. The 3.2-megapixel sensors were used in the iPhone 3GS while the 5-megapixel sensors still haven’t found a home (assuming the rumor in April was true).

It’s has all but been confirmed that Apple will be releasing new iPods at a September media event, most likely to be held on September 9. The addition to the rumor mill with this latest report is that the iPod classic will also gain a camera in its next hardware revision. I had all but given up on the idea that Apple would put any effort into the iPod classic, but it seems they might not be letting it languish after all.

Previously:
7/24/09: Whole Slew of Next Generation iPod touch, nano Case Images
7/23/09: Wired Touting iPod touch Camera Rumor
4/5/09: Rumors Say Apple is Ordering 3.2MP and 5MP CMOS Image Sensors

Update 8/30/09: Jacqui Cheng of Ars Technica has been told that iPod stock is getting low and all current SKUs are being discontinued

Update 8/31/09: Apple Makes September 9 Event Official

Update 9/6/09: Engadget has a gallery of iPod nano and iPod touch cases from IFA. And, of course these cases are for the unannounced nano and touch which will feature cameras.

Update 9/10/09: The New iPod Lineup

Update 9/13/09: Covino & Rich iPod touch was Real