Feb 10, 2011
According to NPD, a market research firm, the 160GB classic in a fetching shade of black was the fifth biggest selling iPod model in 2010, beaten only by various incarnations of the iPod touch. (And Amazon’s best-sellers lists show it’s still selling well.)
Now the touch has obvious advantages over its siblings, not least as a mobile gaming device of repute, but the classic has none of the speak-your-tune wizardry of the shuffle or touch tomfoolery of the iPod nano.
What it does have is — relatively speaking — a whopping 160GB of storage. And therein lies the appeal for iTunes users, like me, who’ve been hoarding MP3s and AACs for a decade or more. My collection recently outgrew my five-year-old fifth-generation iPod and its 80GB capacity; I can no longer carry all the tunes around with me.
Ironically, the older the classic gets, the greater its appeal.