Students disagree on relevance of iPod classic

Apple made a colorful splash in the technology world Sept. 10, unveiling its newest products, the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C.

While perusing the Apple online store for the new releases, customers may be surprised to find the iPod classic is still available for purchase.

With the greatest attribute being capacity-a capacity of 40,000 songs, 20 hours of video or 25,000 photos, according to apple.com-the iPod classic is not nearly as advanced as the new releases. Bereft of channels of communication, social media and Internet connection, the iPod classic has somehow managed to survive in this high-tech world.

Freshman Arielle Bello said she still uses the iPod classic. Having the option between the iPod touch or the classic, Bello opted for the classic with the intention of using an iPod just for music.

“I like that [Apple] keeps their classic stuff because there are some people, like me, who just like music,” Bello said. “I don’t go anywhere without my iPod.”

Other Seton Hall students, however, prefer to keep up with the latest Apple trends. For some, the iPod classic has been long forgotten. “I honestly didn’t know they still sold regular iPods,” freshman Erin Heintzelman said. “Every phone now has music, so there is not really a point for an iPod anymore. If I want to listen to music, I have my phone. [An iPod] is just something else to carry.”

Freshman Will Malone said while iPods are still handy, especially for task-oriented uses such as working out, an iPhone can serve the same purpose with more advantages. “[The iPhone] makes it so much easier because you have your phone, email and music all in one place,” Malone said.

Nonetheless, Malone said Apple should keep selling the iPods while continuing to invest in new products. Junior Matt Ullrich, a marketing management major, sees keeping iPods a relevant sale item as a wise business strategy.

“A lot of [Apple] stuff is high priced; by selling the [classic] iPods, it gives them access to the people who aren’t as wealthy,” Ullrich said. “It gets people started on Apple products by starting out low with the hope of eventually working their way up.”

Michelle Fonti can be reached at michelle.fonti@student.shu.edu.

Author: Staff Writer

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