When it comes to forecasting the next big thing, we turn to our secret weapon: the TUAW braintrust. We put the question to you and let you have your go at it. Today's topic is the iPod. Are the non-touch units examples of dead devices walking?
The iPod classic and shuffle lines have had a big "expiration date" stamped on them for quite some time. Maybe it's time for Apple to hold the funeral for these formerly ground-breaking devices.
The classic, with its large capacity hard drive and touch wheel, and the shuffle, with its tiny form factor and limited interface, have each served a niche market for quite a while. Does the shrinking demand for these items and the greater capacity and lower cost for the touch and nano mean an end to the ten-year-old classic collection?
You tell us. Place your vote in this poll and then join in the comments with all your predictions.
|Are you kidding? The classic is the benchmark when it comes to large capacity and the shuffle is the perfect first-iPod teen unit.||2211 (29.4%)|
|Classic is out of here. Shuffle will stay. Too much demand from parents.||933 (12.4%)|
|Shuffle? Gone. Nano has taken its place. Apple may still offer the Classic though because that much portable storage is sweet.||2777 (37.0%)|
|RIP classic and shuffle. People want the new and shiny.||1432 (19.1%)|
|Something else. I\'ll tell you in the comments.||159 (2.1%)|