8 Reasons Not to Kill the iPod

While the iPod may be the device that set Apple on the road to being the most valuable company in the world, it’s dying a slow death.  After 400,000,000 million units sold, it’s now moving only a tiny fraction of that.

Apple is now a phone-and-tablet company that has a sideline in computers.  Is it time for them to just put the iPod on an iceflow and bid it a fond farewell?

Maybe not.  Cult of Mac has eight decent reasons why the iPod should remain alive–if only on life support.


  1. A game machine
  2. For just playing music
  3. For the car
  4. Because streaming music services haven’t penetrated the marketplace enough
  5. It could work as one or two models
  6. iPods are great for kids
  7. The iPod touch is great for photos
  8. It’s the gateway drug to everyone else Apple.


Anyone else want to weigh in?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

7 thoughts on “8 Reasons Not to Kill the iPod

  • May 1, 2014 at 11:46 am

    My iPod Classic has approximately 12000 songs and only half the space is used up. It’s built like a tank as well so it serves as a good backup

  • May 1, 2014 at 11:51 am

    And, as far as I know from my limited search in mp3 players, it’s the only mp3 player that is available to play/access larger amounts of files. The day my 80GB iPod dies will be a sad day. Would actually prefer to get something larger, and knowing that Apple does have the Classic in 160GB…. well, my phone would never be able to ‘hold’ the amount of music I prefer to carry with myself.

  • May 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    It is market saturation vs. innovation. Everyone went out and bought one and the company that made it, hasn’t improved it. I own an antique (by tech measures) 160gb iPod classic. It is just over half full with 15,000 songs on it. Until you improve its features like the sound quality or it wiping my arse for me (iWipe) then I do not need another one. Don’t panic Apple Pickers, just wait and enjoy your music.

  • May 1, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    I am not an Apple fan but I do love my iPod Classic (80gig). I also believe that it has better sound than my iPhone (and a lot more storage!)

  • May 1, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    When was the last time you saw anyone going out for a run, or walking the Dog, using an iPad for their music/podcast player?

    Why would anyone want some bulky iPhone, or iPad mini, strapped to their arm when the old iPods drop in to just about any pocket.

    I’ve got a 3rd gen iPod (8GB) that I’ve had for about 7 years and it goes everywhere with me & my Dog. Until the major music producers get serious about sound quality and stop with the insane amounts of compression in music files, I can’t find any good reason to switch to a new device

  • May 3, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    They should make one that’s designed to last forever. We still use a 60GB as a major source in our kitchen stereo system. It’s 9 years old and does everything we need perfectly.

  • May 7, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I have two 160GB classics, one for home, one for the car, and they’re full. How else can I take that much of my music with me in my car?

    I’m not going to start bringing a case full of CDs with me. And I’m not switching to an iPhone, even with the 64GB. Streaming bluetooth isn’t user friendly enough yet, and internet radio isn’t good enough yet. I connect my iPod and easily access everything through the touch screen or voice command in my truck. Bluetooth streaming still requires me to touch my device, taking my eyes off the road while looking for music.

    The iPod may be old tech, but hasn’t been improved on yet.


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