At its next major media event, which is announced for October 4, Apple will likely announce the next iPhone, but it may also discontinue some of its popular products – the iPod classic and iPod shuffle.
Citing a source who is not an analyst, but someone familiar with the situation, The Unofficial Apple Weblog claims that the two legendary products are getting cut from Apple’s product portfolio sometime this year.
If it happens, it would hardly be a surprise: the iPod classic is a remnant from pre-iPhone times, and the iPod touch is vastly better in almost every way, except for storage space, which is becoming less of a factor with flash-based storage gradually getting cheaper.
iPod shuffle is a slightly different beast. It has been completely redesigned several times in its history, and right now one can argue that it is just an iPod nano sans a screen. However, the absence of the screen does allow for an extremely small form factor, ideal for athletes or anyone who wants their MP3 player to be nearly invisible. We’d hate to see the iPod shuffle go.
What do you think? Would you miss the iPod classic or the shuffle if Apple decided to cut them? Please, share your opinions in the comments.