I’ve been teased before at work because my iPod has been with me for so long. Every day when I get into work I grab a cup of coffee and I hook my iPod up to a set of speakers. My 40 gig, 4th generation iPod. The music player is almost 9 years old now and has close to 7,000 songs on it. Every once in a while I get asked why I haven’t upgraded to a new one, but I never saw the point. The classic was doing everything I needed it to. Now that’s starting to change. I’d say 1 in every 10 songs played is choppy or skips. I can manage but I know the end is coming.
The real killer for me is that there isn’t a good replacement for what I have. I got almost 9 years out of this one so I have no problem sticking with Apple, but they aren’t making it easy for me. I have almost 30GB of music. I don’t need to run apps or watch movies; I just want a music player. I’d need 2 iPod nanos to carry what I have now. At 150 each that isn’t going to happen. The 32Gb iPod touch costs 300 too. Besides that the touch is full of things I don’t need. That brings us back to the iPod Classic.
The Classic. The device that launched the line only comes in one version now, the 160GB. That’s 5 times more than I really need and it’s 250 dollars. Sure if it lasts 10 years that 250 will seem like a great deal, but right now it seems like a lot of money for more storage than I need. I’m not going to do anything while my old Classic still functions, but the whole idea of it no longer working just makes me sad.