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R.I.P. iPod Classic — Apple has officially discontinued its original MP3 player

on September 09, 2014, 4:25pm

Today, as Apple unveils new technological wonders like iWatch and the iPhone 6, it closes the door on another of its iconic devices. Just shy of its 13th anniversary, the iPod Classic has been discontinued entirely, according to The Verge. So, if you’re ever looking to buy one again, you’ll have to find it in the trash pile next to the Walkman.

Without making an official announcement (no doubt U2’s performance ran extra along), Apple simply removed the iPod Classic from its newly-revamped online store.

As 9to5Mac points out, Apple’s decision makes sense: The Classic hasn’t been updated since 2008. The final 6th generation model packed up to 160 GB, capable of holding 40,000 songs: iPhone 6 Plus will offer a comparable 128 GB version. In addition, the four-way button pad, which dates way back to 2004, has been phased out in favor of the touch screen technology found on most of Apple’s recent products.

The Classic’s demise actually began four years ago, when Apple announced plans to discontinue the product in late 2010. While the company eventually postponed those plans, sales for the device have dwindled in recent years and Apple left the device out of its fiscal reports entirely for the second quarter of 2013.

See a visual history of the Classic over at TheVerge.com. Below, revisit a Classic commercial from the mid-2000s.

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