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The Classic, Clickwheel iPod Is Officially Dead

Buried underneath all of the headlines about Apple’s new smartwatch, mobile payment system, and slightly larger iPhone that instantly makes yours obsolete, was this sad piece of news: The classic, clickwheel iPod is dead. Engadget observed that when Apple’s online store reopened following yesterday’s big event, classic iPods were “conspicuously absent,” meaning it’s unlikely we’ll ever seen them again. In the years before the touchscreen became an inescapable part of mobile technology, the clickwheel provided the design simplicity of scrolling through a gillion songs relatively easily without distractions like email, apps or time-wasting games. The clickwheel was all about the music. Farewell old friend …

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