The iPod Classic is one of those Mac products that, like the Mac mini, is constantly rumored to be facing its imminent demise. But, the 160 GB classic still hangs in there -- its magnetic drive and scroll wheel offering the capacity that none of its flash-based siblings can even hold a candle to.
A reader told MacRumors that he received an email from Steve Jobs in response to a frantic request not to discontinue the iPod Classic. "We have no plans to," Steve allegedly responded in a one-sentence reply via email. While it does sound legitimate, like with all reported Steve Jobs email responses, it should be taken with a grain of salt.
But, likewise, until flash-based devices can offer the same storage capacity at a decent price, I don't see the iPod Classic going anywhere either. Despite reports that the stock is running low, the iPod Classic is still the 5th-most popular MP3 player in the US. It's more likely to be upgraded to a 220 GB capacity before joining the dust bin of discarded Macs.