Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed why the company pulled the iPod Classic from its line-up last month, citing an inability to get the parts and low demand.

Speaking at the Wall Street Journal's WSJ.D conference, Tim Cook said Apple could no longer get the necessary parts to continue making the iPod Classic

"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 iPod celebrated its 13th birthday on 24th October this year, but only the iPod Touch, Nano and Shuffle remain.

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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The iPod Classic was celebrated for its big storage capacity and class-leading sound quality, but with the rise of smartphones as portable music players and streaming replacing downloading for many people - an iTunes streaming service is said to be on the horizon - the market for the Classic has shrunk.

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."

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relocated's picture


Nothing to do with headphones and there being no Lightning connector on the Classic then????

bigboss's picture

They could have always

They could have always refreshed the iPod Classic with the lightning connector, so I don't think that would be the reason.

Graham Luke's picture

Bless you, Classic!

I have to thank the 160 gig Classic for totally revitalising my love of music.

As a late adoptor to digital downloads, I have vinyl I no longer spin and CDs that didn't get played too often either.

Then about 4 years ago, I was given a device that could store tons of music and reproduce it superbly. And I listen predominantly to classical music on it; symphonic works in the main.

Lossless files played through Shures and Etymotics are the perfect way to enjoy stuff without upsetting Her Indoors on a quiet Sunday arvo... Pure joy. Thanks iPod.

hifiman2008's picture

IPod killed music for me.

IPod killed music for me. Poor quality files. Muffled. Terrible earbuds. Was a fashion accessory. No one cared how it sounded

beelzebomb's picture


Couldn't get the parts anywhere on Earth? What's it made of, krypyonite and space dust? Rubbish excuse - no one buys that. And of course sales have gone down, most people who bought an iPod a few years back are still using them - at 300 quid a pop it's not something you upgrade unless you have to.

Graham Luke's picture

Pedant's Corner...

Actually, it is made of 'space dust'; everything is including you and I!

So, it's half fantastic then!!!