"We couldn’t get the parts anymore, not anywhere on Earth," Cook said. "It wasn’t a matter of me swinging the axe, saying: 'What can I kill today'."
The much-loved iPod Classic was quietly pulled from the Apple Store following the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with Apple seeing dwindling iPod sales as more people turn to their smartphones for all their portable music needs.
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And Cook noted this: "The engineering work was massive, and the number of people who wanted it very small. I felt there were reasonable alternatives."