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Apple Bids Farewell To The Iconic iPod Classic

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One of Apple’s most influential product that has inspired and gave generations of music listeners an opportunity to comprise their favorite songs, has finally come to an end. The iPod Classic, first debuted in October of 2001 was scheduled to be discontinued by Apple shortly after the September 9th premiere of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as well as the iWatch. The iPod Classic lives up to its name as it seen as iconic product that apple has ever created. The iPod revolutionized the way people saw music on the go, and fit it in the palm of your hands. Its truly sad to see this product go, but there is no question and doubt in why it happened.

With the introduction of the iPod Touch in 2007 and the app store, consumers flocked to Apple’s latest revolutionized product of the iPod. With a full touch-screen iPod and the capability of running applications, as well as the later generations of the improved iPod touch, the classic lived behind the fame of its successor. The integration of front and back facing cameras, Siri, as well as personalization of colors to the iPod, made the iPod touch the more desirable music player between the two.

Over the years, the classic soon lost its reputation under the improvements of the touch but still remained an amazing product throughout the years. The iPod Classic will be missed and we hope for many more to come from Apple.

Here are some of the generations of the iPod classic and its revisions that built its iconic name:

iPod 1st gen, 2001.

iPod 1st gen, 2001.

 

-The iPod Classic was first introduced to the public in October of 2001 with the slogan “1000 songs in your pocket”. It had a 5 gb hard drive capable of storing up to 1000 songs and featured a black and white LCD display. The first generation iPod featured the mechanical scroll wheel and was considered Apple’s revolutionized mp3 player.

iPod 2nd gen, 2002.

iPod 2nd gen, 2002.

-The Second generation classic was introduced on July 17th, 2002. It featured the same body style, except the hold switch was redesigned. The mechanical wheel was replaced with a touch sensitive wheel and the front face now had rounded corners and edges.

iPod 3rd gen, 2003.

iPod 3rd gen, 2003.

-In April 2003, Apple introduced its third generation of the iPod Classic. This time the iPod was completely redesigned. The firewire port was replaced with the new dock connector and four auxiliary buttons were located in a row below the screen. The front plate also included round edges and this generation model had a 4-pin jack adjacent to the headphone port. This model featured up to a 30 GB hard drive.

iPod 4th gen 2004.

iPod 4th gen 2004.

-In July 2004, the 4th generation iPod was introduced. This model replaced the touch wheel from its previous generation with a new click wheel and featured a full color screen. The four auxiliary buttons were placed underneath the touch-sensitive scroll wheel. The new generation iPod also included more energy efficient components.

Pod 6th generation (left) & iPod 5th generation (right).

Pod 6th generation (left) & iPod 5th generation (right).

-The fifth and sixth generation iPod was introduced in October of 2005 and September 2007 respectively. These models featured a 2.5″ 320X240 QVGA screen and a smaller click wheel. It was the first iPod to be able to play videos. It was offered in an alternate color scheme. The 4-pin remote port was removed. In the 6th gen model, the iPod earned its name the “Classic”. The sixth generation model included better battery life and the front plates were made of anodized aluminum instead of the polycarbonate.

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