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Will Apple axe iPod Classic, Shuffle?

Without doubt, iPod is one of the most revolutionary products of this decade. Yes, it sparked a revolution.

Amid frenzy and excitement that is building around the upcoming iPhone 5, a tech website’s has predicted that Apple will discontinue the legendary iPods.

TUAW, a tech website, recently hinted that Apple might axe iPod Classic and iPod Shuffle. Though the website has not divulge the source of news, it assured that it did not come from any technology analyst.

Cloud of controversy over iPod
The idea of the iPods getting discontinued has kicked started a discussion on the Web, with many saying that the demise was expected while others branding the story a figment of imagination.

Either way, the news has upset some fans of Apple. Without doubt, iPod is one of the most revolutionary products of this decade. Yes, it sparked a revolution.

Within three years of its launch, Apple sold a million iPods, making the device one of the hottest electronics gadget of the decade.

Almost a decade ago when it was launched, Apple’s iPod brought about a change in the way people listen to music. It integrated the experience of listening to music with an online music store where you could easily buy songs and put them in your iPod by connecting it to the computer and syncing it with iTunes.

A device which created a legend
Many analysts rightly believe that it was perhaps the iPod which single-handedly rang the death knell of CD players. Since the introduction of Apple’s iPod, many vendors have launched their own music players with integrated music services, but none have come close to replicating the success of the iPod.

Within three years of its launch, Apple sold a million iPods, making the device one of the hottest electronics gadget of the decade.

But many analysts believe that the decision to discontinue the iPods shouldn’t surprise people. The iPod Shuffle hasn’t gone through any significant changes throughout its history (unless we consider minor design changes or memory capacity), and most people today can easily enjoy music on their smartphones, say Apple’s very own iPhone.

Who would want to carry a plethora of gadgets when one can easily do the task? Nevertheless, even though smartphones can easily fulfill our music needs, they may not be ideal for the morning jogger or the airplane traveler.

Apple has yet not reacted to this news, and it remains to be seen if it is just a rumor or a soon-to-be reality.