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Apple bids adieu to iPod Classic

MUMBAI: Apple has quietly bid goodbye to its oldest unchanged product, the iPod Classic, after 12 years.

The company removed the audio device from its online store, announcing to the world that the product was gone. The webpage for the Classic version now pointed to a site for the iPod Touch.

The iPod Classic was the last Apple device to use the click-wheel, first seen on the iPod Mini. The simplicity of the feature replacing an array of different buttons with a track wheel that incorporated four different buttons, became an instant hit.

Many reports state that the product was responsible for bringing the company to the position it has reached now.

Various versions of iPod Shuffle, Nano and Touch are still available, but the sales have diminished with consumers largely using their smartphones to consume music.

When the first edition was released in October of 2001, Apple had fixed two of the major problems that all MP3 makers were facing. They were user experience and storage.