How do you see your iPod classic? Do you look at it with a nostalgic glow, essentially the original iPod with a click wheel but with a bigger storage capacity, better screen and better battery? Or, do you look at it as the modern iteration of an Apple device that changed the world? Apps are all very well and good, but a real music lover uses a classic. Is that your attitude?
Perhaps you look at it with indifference. A hard drive with a limited user interface, a screen too small to watch anything, a capacity that is only slightly above that of a high-spec iPod touch, a lack of ability to buy and run apps, connect to the web, buy songs, Facetime, photos and video et cetera, et cetera.
The iPod classic sits there in the Apple Store in a perfunctory manner, a little like the Superdrive for the MacBook Air. Not many people buy one any more but there’s a place for it and any discontinuation will result in outrage.
I’m not trying to call for the end of the iPod classic because I, for one, would be sad to see it go. I look at it with nostalgia, not with contempt. But I’d be happy to see Apple update in a way that only Apple can.