Back in September, Apple quietly removed the iPod classic from its online and brick n’ mortar Apple Stores. With iPod sales tumbling double digits nearly every quarter, people had been predicting the classic’s demise, so almost no one was surprised to see it go.
That said, while Apple continues to stock and sell the iPod shuffle, iPod nano and iPod touch, availability of refurbished iPods continues to slide. As of this writing no iPod classic, iPod shuffle or iPod nano refurbs are available — just a few refurbished iPod touch configs.
Why? Just speculating, however, it seems reasonable as Apple winds down iPod manufacturing it needs most refurbished iPods for warranty and replacement.
Refurbished iPod classic and shuffle models have been out-of-stock for months. Perhaps your best chance for getting a refurbished iPod is the weeks and months after New Year’s, when people are returning unwanted items and replacing defective units.
Nevertheless, the iPod classic dead, period, and the likelihood of refurbs showing up anywhere diminishes with each passing day. Additionally, Apple last refreshed the iPod shuffle in 2010, while the iPod touch and iPod nano most recently tasted love in 2012. I’d be surprised if the nano and shuffle get another refresh, though the iPod touch still has legs.
Apple did bump the iPod touch storage capacity to 128GB and killed off the legacy 3.5-inch models in 2014 while reducing prices — not bad, but nothing new. So, there’s still some life there and, as an iOS powered product, it probably will continue to fit Apple’s plans going forward.
Which sold as new and refurbished iPod models — iPod touch, iPod nano? — will still be available this time next year?