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Apple Is Not Killing Off the iPod Shuffle

The other day, I reported on rumors that the iPod shuffle may be disappearing. These rumors arose because stock was low everywhere: in retail stores and on line. According to Billboard, “Apple is actually going thorough component supplier changes that have interrupted production of the Shuffle.” I still wonder if there’s a market for the […]

Is It Time to Retire the iPod Shuffle?

We saw the demise of the iPod classic last year; is it time for the iPod shuffle to retire? As reported by 9to5 Mac, the device is shipping in 7-10 days on Apple’s online store (both US and UK), and is out of stock in many stores as well. According to 9to5 Mac: “Apple has […]

Apple Discontinued iPod Classic Because They Couldn’t Get Parts Anymore?

Tim Cook was interviewed yesterday at the WSJD Live conference, run by the Wall Street Journal. Among his comments in the interview was one that the Wall Street Journal quotes or paraphrases Cook saying: Apple stopped making the 160GB iPod Classic because it couldn’t get the parts anymore from anywhere in the world. This is […]

Farewell iPod classic

Apple announced a new iPhone, and a watch, and they’ve also unveiled a new website. One thing they didn’t announce, however, is the demise of the iPod classic. There are now only three iPod models: Yet they’re still using the iPad classic’s shape as the icon for the iPod section of their online store. Farewell […]

Copy Files from your iPhone, iPad or iPod to your Mac

I get lots of questions from readers and visitors to this site, and the most common question is this: My computer crashed and I lost all my music! How can I copy my files from my iPod back to my computer? Read on to find out how to do this…

(Note: this doesn’t work with an iPod touch, or with an iPhone, because you cannot mount those devices in hard disk mode.)

The Committed Podcast Discusses Apple’s Earnings, the End of the iPod and More

On this week’s episode of The Committed podcast, Ian Schray, Rob Griffiths and I discuss Apple’s most recent earnings; the latest quarter when they printed money again. We also talk about the end of the iPod, some new features on the Apple TV, and the new Overcast podcast app for iOS. Listen to The Committed, […]

Elegy for the iPod, the device that transformed Apple

In my latest Macworld article, I look back at the history of the iPod, but also the history of the portable music player. As the iPod’s sales are decreasing, new devices are replacing it: iPhones, iPads, and even, perhaps, the mythical iWatch. I hold a small metal device in my hands and twirl my finger […]

Will Apple Allow Headphones to Use Lightning Ports? What’s the Point?

Apple has reportedly introduced specifications for headphones that use a lightning connector; that’s the one you plug into your iOS device to sync and charge it. According to 9to5Mac: Apple will allow two configurations for the headphones. Standard Lightning Headphones are described by Apple as using minimum components when paired with a digital-to-analog converter supported […]

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