Amongst the excitement of the new iPhones and Apple Watch, the iPod Classic has been removed from the Apple website and store, quietly ending nearly 13 years of Apple's specialist music device

Apple launched the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch today in California - and finally removed the iPod Classic from its iPod roster at the same time, without so much as a mention.

Despite ending the launch event with a live performance from U2 and a free album giveaway via iTunes, the company's specialist music player, and the product that kick-started the digital music revolution, is now dead.

The Apple Store's iPod section now features the iPod Touch, iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano.


End of an era

The iPod Classic was also the last Apple device on sale from Apple that used the old 30-pin connector. All Apple iPhones, iPads and iPods now use the Lightning connector.

If you're after the biggest-capacity iPod you can buy, you'll have to make do with a 64GB iPod Touch - not a patch on the 160GB iPod Classic.

MORE: iPod Classic review

That said, Apple did announce two new iPhones with 128GB of storage. A bigger iPod Touch to follow? Maybe... but it just won't be the same.

If you're looking to buy an iPod Classic, now is the time to check out online retailers and the second-hand market. At the time of writing there was no sign of any iPod Classics on the Apple refurbished store or on the clearance page, with all mentions of the Classic redirecting to the new-look iPod section, in which the Classic doesn't feature.

Other online retailers such as Argos, Amazon and Currys did still have iPod Classics for sale, though we wouldn't bet against that stock going fairly quickly...

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DistortedVision's picture

Been wanting an iPod Classic

Been wanting an iPod Classic for a while. Wondering if I should buy now or wait for prices to fall in clearance? Or will prices stay the same or even rise until stocks are depleted?

soulsonic34's picture

Say it ain't so! The IPOD

Say it ain't so! The IPOD Classic is my go to music device owing to its large capacity, ease of use and its robustness.


Shall endeavour to get another IPOD classic from John Lewis/Currys

Graham Luke's picture


I agree. I love my little Classic; I've had it for over three years and still haven't even half filled it. A much under-appreciated music player...

Michael Wilson's picture

So long Apple

When my iPhone 4S dies, so does my affiliation with Apple products. Their hammerfisted approach to making customers use their software only in the manner that Apple see's fit is horrible.  Current versions of iTunes is junkITunes is a piece and Apples failure to embrace FLAC is antiquated. 

Graham Luke's picture

Apple does not need to

Apple does not need to 'embrace' FLAC; it has ALAC.

Sleevenote's picture

There's an exciting future

There's an exciting future for the digital music format ahead!