Five years ago, you would be hard pressed to find a person who wasn't toting around an iPod, particular the dubbed "classic." Fast forward to present day, and the iPod Classic is more relic than revered.
That isn't to suggest that the iPod Classic didn't have a remarkable run on top of the MP3 player marketplace. This was the MP3 player to not that long ago and was largely considered groundbreaking for its time, but Apple no longer will be making this version of the iPod, the one with the iconic, circular click wheel and built with enough space to hold 20,000 songs on one unit.
The decline of this iPod isn't surprising on a number of fronts.
The arrival of streaming music sites that charge a monthly fee is more popular than actually downloading music. Sites like Pandora or Spotify take the guess work out of purchasing singles or entire albums and instead allow you to stream songs for a flat fee per month ($10 for Spotify; Pandora also has a free version, but you don't have the kind of control over the songs you do with Spotify).
Apple also created a newer, more savvy and desirable iPod with its "Touch" line to choose from, which looked more modern and was easier to use.
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