The iPod classic is most reminiscent of the original iPod — hence the "classic" moniker. The rectangular music player sports a 320 x 240 pixel color LCD display, Click Wheel interface, and has 160 GB of internal storage. It's priced at $249.
The iPod classic uses a 30-pin Dock Connector interface to connect to a host Mac or PC running iTunes, which is the only way of downloading music to the device — it lacks Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity.
The iPod classic runs its own operating system — it's not iOS, so you can't load apps from the App Store onto it, only music, movies and TV shows.
But enough about what the iPod classic can't do. The iPod classic was the only iPod that didn't use solid state storage - instead, it's got a tiny 1.8-inch hard disk drive.
The 160 GB hard drive can store 40,000 songs, 200 hours of video, or 25,000 photos. The iPod classic's battery life is estimated at 36 hours of use per charge. For a time Apple even offered games that you could download and play on the iPod classic, though those were discontinued in late 2011.
The iPod classic was available in two sizes, black and silver. The enclosure is made of anodized aluminum and polished stainless steel.
Apple stopped making the iPod classic in 2014, indicating it could no longer get the parts needed to make the device.
You remember the iPod Classic, right? It had that amazing little spinning hard disk inside but it was dog slow and made more noise than a $400 PC.
Modern devices are certainly more convenient for more things than the iPod Classic, but listing to music is just a little less fun.
The iPod Classic is just that. A classic. And if Apple isn't going to make them anymore your best bet is to get a used one and upgrade it. With, say, 1TB of flash storage.
The iPod Classic is, well, a classic. And all being well you might soon be able to turn your iPhone into one via an app.
Fifteen years ago, Apple introduced the iPod, and Serenity thinks about her first experience with one in 2001.
If you're a Do It Yourselfer with an iPod Classic, Other World Computing offers a flash card conversion kit.
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