A couple of weeks ago during Apple’s announcement of their new iPhones, it seems that Apple had also quietly removed the iPod Classic from their stores at the same time. Given that the iPod Classic is about 7 years old now and hasn’t really seen an updates since, we guess this was to be expected.
That being said, how does the father of the iPod, Nest’s Tony Fadell, feel about the discontinuation of the device? For those unfamiliar, Fadell used to work at Apple and is known for helping to create the original iPod from way back in the day. He had also at one point in time tried to push for the use of the iPod’s software in the first-gen iPhone.
Speaking to Fast Company, Fadell says, “I’m sad to see it go. The iPod’s been a huge part of my life for the last decade. The team that worked on the iPod poured literally everything into making it what it was. Products just don’t come around like that often,” laments Fadell. “The iPod was one-in-a-million.”
However at the same time, Fadell had foreseen its death as far back 2003 and 2004 and had predicted that streaming music services would most probably be the answer. “It was inevitable something would take its place. You know, in 2003 or 2004, we started asking ourselves what would kill the iPod. And even back then, at Apple, we knew it was streaming. We called it the ‘celestial jukebox in the sky.’ And we have that now: music in the cloud.”
It truly is the end of an era, but are you just as sad to see the iPod Classic die? Or have you already made peace with that and have found a way to handle your music on devices with less storage?
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