Yes, my fears have come true. Apple is discontinuing making the iPod Classic. Don't don't know what I'll be able to do with my music collection if my player becomes irreparable since it's so large. I've complained to Apple, but I don't know what good that will do. I feel like the little guy is getting shafted again.
The classic (I have the 30Gb older one) and the newer ones have no WiFi or other wireless connection. Yes, you can back them up, but if the device is discontinued, what do you then put it on with the capacities the classics have?
Not a great move Apple... I hadn't thought of replacing mine yet, but with the battery loosing capacity, it's getting tenuous...
Unfortunately, sales have been nowhere near what they used to be, and thus, after 7 years they finally decided to retire it. In other words, it's not too surprising they discontinued it; it's more surprising it took this long to do so.
I own a 160 GB Classic. That thing goes back to 2007 and plays darn nice sitting on the Bose Soundock 10. Looks and works just like new. Really well built little piece of electronics and I would not part with it as the FM radio (option) has come in handy on more than one occasion.
As for Camron's comment on streaming well, I run the Serve-To-Me/Stream-to-Me serptup on an iPhone and let me tell you that the ability to search through 37000 tracks stored on a drive at home by entering just a few characters in a search field is nothing short of a bliss to me. Of course this requires you to be in a solid LTE connection because that thing doesn't buffer much and audio quality is dynamically reduced to unberable bit rates over little signal loss.
Google Play can cache songs on your phone. You can either download the music you want for a long "offline period" to your device, and stuff you've recently listened to is cached.
The best part is that when you do have network connectivity, loading that music onto your device is so easy. Just search for what you want, and download it. It's much less effort than connecting your device to your computer and copying over the content you want. And it's the same process whether the music is from your own MP3 "locker" or if it's music you're getting from your Google Play subscription.