iPod Classic was discontinued as Apple could no longer get the parts

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Apple discontinued the iPod Classic earlier this year, and now Tim Cook has revealed the reason behind the move. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal Digital Live conference, Cook stated that Apple had to cease production as parts were not available.

We couldn't get the parts anymore, not anywhere on Earth. It wasn't a matter of me swinging the ax, saying 'what can I kill today?'

Cook also mentioned that the team could have come up with a new design, but ultimately decided to not pursue undertaking a redesign.

The engineering work was massive, and the number of people who wanted it very small. I felt there were reasonable alternatives.

Are you sad that the iPod Classic is no longer available?

Source: Wall Street Journal

Harish Jonnalagadda

The clumsiest man in tech.

31 Comments
  • I hate to see historical products die, but there was no more need for it. Sent from the iMore App
  • No more need for you. ಠ益ಠ
  • Did they try looking in Amazon?
  • Apple unable to get something? Hmm. I miss it. My music library misses it. I don't want to carry around 5 touches, and I don't want to triage my library. Posted via the 5s I'm not ashamed of using in my home.
  • Apple needs to release, at least, a 128 GB iPod Touch.
  • I don't think anyone understands how much I want this. Although the battery life on Classics was so much better, a 128 gb touch will last nearly as long if all you use it for would be music. And that's all I use my Current touch for (apps? Ain't no one got space for dat) Posted via the 5s I'm not ashamed of using in my home.
  • Inevitable and sad Sent from the iMore App
  • I miss my PalmPilot Pro.
  • If there wasn't much of a demand for the Classic like the Article says, then there's not much point in searching for parts if they can't be gotten easily. Sent from the iMore App
  • Killing off the classic was understandable, but letting both the iPod Touch and now the iPad Mini rot is not. Apple have essentially unlimited money now. They really don't have a logical excuse for not updating products.
  • Possible not updating the mini could have been lack of A8 chips as stated by Rene Ritchie.
  • Maybe, but they also didn't bother giving the mini an updated camera, a laminated screen, or any more RAM. This is a miserable update, whichever way you look at it.
  • I think it was a matter of cost. At $100 cheaper, the Mini isn't exactly cheaper to make. As for the future of iPods, I think they sold less than 3 million last quarter so maybe the iPad mini is going to be the new iPod touch, especially considering cost differences. I really wanted an iPod Touch with the size and guts of the iPhone 6 models and keep an older iPhone for communications but I guess the cost verses sales just isn't going to be there. As it stand, I wouldn't buy an iPod touch for anything right now. That A5 chip is not long for this world.
  • I have ITM as a a means of backup and for music on the go. But with limited data plans, the more I think about it, I could see buying a used 128gb Classic and ditching ITM.
  • Just wished they followed up the demise of the Classic with an annoucement for a larger capacity iPod touch (128 GB) or even a larger iPod Nano. I bought a 64 GB iPod Touch and updated it to iOS 8 just to find out it could barely run the OS. Returned it and will stick to my Classic until the wheels fall off lol.
  • An iPod Nano (I love my 5th ed. with the camera I never use) with massive memory is all they need (or more correctly all I need). Minimal interface, no frills, no games, just media and 128 GB or more.
  • That's really a good idea. Everyone is talking about more capacity iPod Touch, but more logical step would be an actual high capacity iPod Nano. They could easily bump up storage to 128 GB Nano and charge $299 to $349 for it. It would be an excellent replacement for the Classic, and wouldn't require a reengeneering.
  • I agree. I would buy one to keep in the car but I would like to see the capacity closer to Classic.
  • Surely there's a market for a 128GB iPod Nano? I guess iTunes Match on a phone makes more sense for most though. Sent from the iMore App
  • The company with billions in the bank couldn't source parts... Yeah, right. More like couldn't source parts for the little they wanted to pay for them...
  • can these still be found anywhere to buy? ipod touches are such a rip-off. i'd like to have one last classic
  • Third party sellers probably have some for sale.
  • Might still be able to find them on Apple's refurb store. I know I saw some.
  • where is that located?
  • In the Apple Store app, you have to scroll all the way down in the iPod section and click refurb Sent from the iMore App
  • I would have loved to have seen a re-design, but I suppose that those of us with huge music libraries are becoming dinosaurs since streaming services have taken over. Sent from the iMore App
  • Scoured the entire Dallas/Ft. Worth and finally found ONE at Walmart in Grand Prairie. Hopefully it will last forever haha Sent from the iMore App
  • I'm sad. I have an iPhone but the iPod held way more music. Plus when I first got it, it was the same price for 120G as it was for 16G on an iPod Touch. I still use it. Love it. Now I need to be protective of it I guess. Sent from the iMore App
  • I would have liked to have seen one with a SSD. Sent from the iMore App
  • RIP iPod classic you will be missed Sent from the iMore App
  • It's sad to see it go but in my opinion, it wasn't really worth keeping. The Ipod Touch is the main selling Ipod anymore. I think the real reason why it was "discontinued" was really low sales. I believe that the Shuffle should go away since you cant change much with it either. Now the Nano is what could have some future improvements and I'd like to see that.