Apple discontinued the iPod Classic earlier this year, and now Tim Cook has revealed the reason behind the move. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal Digital Live conference, Cook stated that Apple had to cease production as parts were not available.
We couldn't get the parts anymore, not anywhere on Earth. It wasn't a matter of me swinging the ax, saying 'what can I kill today?'
Cook also mentioned that the team could have come up with a new design, but ultimately decided to not pursue undertaking a redesign.
The engineering work was massive, and the number of people who wanted it very small. I felt there were reasonable alternatives.
Are you sad that the iPod Classic is no longer available?