Although it’s commonly accepted that smartphones are getting smarter every year, with thinner cases, sharper screens and better cameras, we would argue that the iPod is still the best way to carry around your music and video library. Sure, it means that you’ve got to carry two devices instead of just one, but the pros far outweigh the cons. Don’t believe us? Here are six cast-iron reasons why your love for the iPod should be eternal.
Those old hard drives were big. Really, really big
The iPod classic ended its life with a hard drive packing a whopping 160GB of storage. This means that you’ll be able to fit every song you own (or are ever likely to own) and probably every episode of your favourite TV shows and podcasts, too. All tucked away in your pocket. You definitely can’t do that with a smartphone.
It’s all about the quantity and the quality
With space on phones at a premium, it’s likely that you’ll only ever burn your music at the default settings. Although the sound quality will be decent enough, you have the space to import songs on an iPod at a much higher bit rate (up to 320kbps). If you play tracks imported at a higher bit rate on a pair of high-quality headphones then you’ll really notice the difference.
Save your phone’s battery for you know… making calls or something
To paraphrase Uncle Ben from Spider-Man, with great power come great battery drainage, and that’s never been more true with a smartphone. Luckily for you iPod owners though, your pocket MP3 player will go on playing music quite happily for days between charges – and you can save your phone’s battery for the important stuff – like taking selfies or tweeting pictures of your dinner.
It’s practically impossible to break one
As we’ve owned every generation of iPod, it’s fair to say that, over the years, they’ve been field-tested to within an inch of their lives. They’ve been dropped, submerged in coffee and, in one unfortunate case, run over in a field by a Land Rover. But we’ve never broken one yet.
You can carry your life in your pocket
The iPod is also capable of being used as an external hard drive, meaning you can back up your entire computer and carry it around with you at all times. Simply connect your iPod to iTunes, go to Summary (or Settings) and select ‘Enable disk use’.
They are worth a lot of money
If reasons one through five haven’t endeared the iPod classic to you, there’s plenty of people that will buy it off you. Last year, a rare U2 special edition of the iPod classic sold for $90,000 (around £58,900) on eBay. Another original iPod on the auction site had a list price of $180,000 (£117,810), though the seller did struggle to find a buyer. Meanwhile, a regular iPod classic in its original packaging also sold for $20,000 (£13,090).