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Apple kills off the iPod Classic

Classic is removed from Apple's online store seven years after its launch

Apple kills off the iPod Classic
CEO Tim Cook was quoted as saying that the iPod was a "declining business."

Apple has retired its longest serving gadget, the iPod classic.

Online reports say there was no announcement, but the company removed the iPod classic from its online store on Tuesday after the iPhone and Apple Watch launch.

According to MacRumours, earlier this year, CEO Tim Cook was quoted as saying that the iPod was a "declining business." In May, Apple removed the sidebar link to the iPod classic in several of its online refurbished stores, leaving only the iPod nano and iPod touch.

The decision hasn't gone down well with music fans as they tweeted their reactions: Patrick Ness, author of The Crane Wife and other books, said on Twitter: "Apple introduced a phone with the same crappy battery, a wristwatch no one wants and killed the iPod Classic. Why do you like them again?"

Christina Warren, senior tech analyst at Mashable, said: "The iPod classic is finally dead. RIP little iPod. You remade Apple, changed the way we listen to music, and are one of my top five gadgets."

The press releases on Apple's website since Tuesday did not mention the demise of the Classic.

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