One small, but sad sidenote following Apple's keynote yesterday: the iPod classic disappeared from both Apple's online store and online shop after the the new iPhones were presented. The era of the hard-drive based music player has now finally come to an end. More than 13 years ago Apple revolutionized the way people listen to music with the introduction of the iPod and paved the way for digital music distribution.
The first generation of the iPod classic was released on 23 October 2001 and was equipped with a 1.8" HDD drive and 5 GB of storage, which back then offered enough space for around 1,000 songs. It featured a black and white LCD screen and the familiar scroll wheel, which could was preserved until the last generation and was then replaced through a touch wheel. A new version of the MP3 player appeared almost on an annual basis. Storage capacity was increased, the design modernised, the display color and the features were improved. Even smaller games, such as a quiz, could also be played on the iPod classic.
Ssince 2009, the iPod classic was reworked only cosmetically. Consumer demand decreased progressively, not least due to the great success of the iPhone, or smartphones in general. Sales slumped into the cellar, experts prophesied the iPod Classic would be phased out. On 9 September 2014, the iPod classic disappeared and has found its "End of Life - EOL". Remaining units should still be available from various dealers and resellers.
What remains are the iPod touch, iPod nano and the iPod shuffle.