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September 9, 2008

Farewell, 160gb Ipod, we hardly knew ye

Filed under: Ipod/Iphone — Tom @ 3:13 pm

And we may be saying the same thing about the Classic, in general, soon.

Today’s completely underwhelming Apple event barely even mentioned the hard-drive based Classic lineup, only pausing long enough to basically say “Hey, you know, those 80gb and 160gb ones? Well, we’re dumping the 160gb and just going to sell a 120gb one now.” This is the kind of stupid move that has the Apple fanboys making ridiculous, but lovingly worded excuses, such as that it isn’t so much the end of the 160gb but the “advancement” of the 80gb. Dur, okay! I, and many others, fully expected to see a larger capacity companion, as has always been the case. The section on the Classic was a mere footnote, quickly noted and moved on from. This can’t be a good sign for those of us with large collections.

I’m sad. The flash-based players will take years to catch up to the big brother Classic’s storage capacity, and now I have the added worry of making sure I take super extra-special care of this now out-of-production unit, a worry that you don’t have when there are newer, better, bigger ones to replace it should you do something stupid to it. Now, well, I don’t feel quite so secure. I’ve never had a problem, but now that I don’t have backup . . .

Update: Just another thought that has fermented . . . you don’t think perhaps Apple is baiting the large-capacity lovers by dropping capacity now, and then next year going “you talked, we listened!” by unveiling something like a 300gb Ipod. Nah, they would never do that, would they?

Besides, it’s entirely probable Apple is banking on the fact that we’ll all be sucked into one of the mini-black holes the Large Hadron Collider is going to create tomorrow, or whatever this guy is talking about.


1 Comment »

  1. The problem with the 160gb iPods was their incredibly high rate of failure. Until they change the form factor of the “classic” iPod, they’re not going to be able to build a reliable device in the multihundred gigabyte range. I struggle with this a lot, as I can’t figure out how to select *which* of the three hundred gigs or so of stuff I want on a portable media device. And by portable, I mean deck-of-cards.

    Comment by Alex J. Avriette — December 21, 2008 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

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