Apple unveiled their latest iPhone revision, the iPhone 6 and the 6 +. They also announced they were going after the smartwatch market with the Apple Watch.
But quietly, they also discontinued the iPod Classic. The iPod brand still remains, but it's moved to the touchscreen, app-driven design that the iPhone pioneered.
I have mixed feelings about the transition. I loved my iPod Classic, I loved having a massive collection in iTunes that I could keep all in one place. 40+ hours of battery life. But when I damaged my iPod (it wouldn't read more than 10GB of data) and got a smartphone, I found the smartphone was good enough that carrying the iPod around wasn't worth it. I can't keep the collection all together, but I can keep what I'm frequently listening to. And for those earworms, or those random cravings, having those other apps around makes it super easy to indulgein instant gratification. I can load up Youtube, Spotify, Soundcloud, and I can listen to just about anything I can think of. And podcasts, that was the biggest thing that got me started with the smartphone. The podcasts just show up, I don't have to plug in this or sync that. The convenience of that alone makes me happy with leaving the iPod behind. And really, trying to manage 160GB of music with a click wheel? Watch video on that little screen?
So, does anybody even used a dedicated mp3 player these days, or is the smartphone too convenient? Do you care that the iPod is officially done?