The Death Of The Ipod: WHY???
Pitchfork has an interesting article up now about the classic iPod experience and Apple's phasing out of the iPod. It's a pretty great read, in that it's calling Apple out on regressive thinking and essentially pulling the plug on the development of the iPod. I personally believed the iPod would continue to be developed over time, and would gain more storage (which is only getting smaller and cheaper as time goes by) to the point where we were carrying 1 TB drives in our pockets, stocked to the brim with music. When Apple stopped making the 160 GB iPod, we probably should've seen the writing on the wall, but I foolishly hoped they would make a move over to SSD storage and continue to build bigger devices.
The death of the iPod only makes us miss out on a truly uninterrupted music experience. There are no notifications, no flashing/blinking/buzzing lights to call us away from the enjoyment. The distraction of moving on to a new album that's streaming somewhere isn't there. It's not a perfect music listening experience, by any means, but it's a lot closer to perfect than streaming something on a phone, both in terms of sound quality and in the beauty of that disconnected solitude.
Enjoy your iPods while they're still spinning, folks.