In September, Apple quietly discontinued the iPod Classic. But was the decision premature? As the Guardian points out, 160GB versions of the MP3 player are currently fetching as much as $1,000 on eBay.
Apple’s decision to kill off the iPod Classic was years in the making: The last model update came out in 2008 and its four-way button pad technology was phased out in favor of touch screen. The final blow came with the release of the iPhone 6, which includes a comparable 128GB model.
Nevertheless, it appears a market still exists for the 160GB version as a personal music and video hard drive. Perhaps Stuff magazine editor Will Dunn put it best when saying, “There’s still a huge affection for the iPod Classic and it’s not hard to see why – Spotify might offer 20 million songs, but 120GB of music is more than most people need, and your iTunes library doesn’t carry data charges or a subscription fee. Also, I think the Classic is a more distraction-free listening experience – I’m more likely to get through a full album on one.”
However, if you are the proud owner of an iPod Classic and don’t feel the same nostalgia toward it, congratulations: You’re about to make a lot of money.