I Come Not to Bury the iPod Classic

userpic=ipodIn October, Apple discontinued the iPod Classic. Do you think that made the iPod Classic worthless? Hardly. In fact, the iPod Classic is currently the most expensive iPod out there, commanding almost double its original shelf price. This makes me very glad that I picked up a backup iPod when I did. However, I’ve only got 15GB left. So I thought I would do a post on iPod Classic replacements. To me, the biggest drawback on all of these replacements is that they don’t have iTunes. Music is installed by dragging and dropping it on the device. They don’t support playlist, and I doubt they would move over my ratings and play counts from iTunes. Here’s what I found in looking for devices:

As I said, the two drawbacks of the alternatives are price (the price of the player doesn’t include the SD card storage, making the overall price high), and the lack of a good music manager. You can move the music easy (but note that you’re moving MP3s or AACs, and these machines are designed for non-compressed music and high fidelity).



3 Replies to “I Come Not to Bury the iPod Classic”

  1. For many people, not using iTunes would be a very strong advantage, not a disadvantage!

    Regardless, have you looked into whether any of the iTunes alternatives (Media Monkey, Foobar, etc.) might offer iTunes-like functionality with the iPod alternatives?

    1. I haven’t looked into the alternatives — I wasn’t even aware of them. Do you have a good list of them? Right now, I’m not switching off the iPod Classic, although I’m not sure what I’ll do when I reach capacity.

      1. Google is your friend. I’m not putting you off by saying that. I did that research two years ago when I discovered that there’s something about my computer’s hardware that prevents iTunes from syncing music with iOS 5 and later. I found a different solution, so I haven’t looked at the alternatives since then. But I did mention two that came to mind.

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