RUMOUR MILL: Is Apple discontinuing the iPod Classic and Shuffle?

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Ah rumours, you’ve got the internet hyped up again. Another Apple rumour has emerged and it could see a major revamp of the iPod lineup with claims that the Cupertino-based company will be axing its iPod Classic and iPod Shuffle products.

The rumour comes from The Unofficial Apple Weblog, who claim:

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 last update to the iPod classic was 2007, with minor modifications such as increasing or decreasing the capacity; while the iPod shuffle’s revamp was last year after its previous design was universally panned by reviewers.

The iPod classic however remains the only one with the highest capacity with a pricetag that is under a 32GB iPod touch. Yes, it’s relatively cheap when compared with that. And as such, it is a perfect way to store most of your music collection and back it up as, unlike the iPod touch and iPhone, there is a way to get your music out of it.

It would be sad to see the iPod classic go, and the iPod shuffle as it is the “entry-level” iPod, but it is understandable. The iPod touch makes up most of the iPod sales, which has been making a smaller percentage of Apple’s revenue since the iPhone and now the iPad have emerged.

Though, expect to find this in your bargain bin during the holiday season if it axed. It’ll be a great thing to buy for yourself.

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