Normally, during the holiday shopping season, the hottest gadget on everyone's wish lists are the newest, shiniest, biggest and fastest high-tech gadget - like a smart TV, a tablet or a smart watch. This year is different.
Just two short months ago, Apple announced it would discontinue the iPod Classic music player. But it turns out there's still a lucrative market for them. Used models are selling for as much as four times the original price. It's not a collector thing either.
So why are iPod Classics already sold out? According to Stuff magazine editor, Will Dunn:
“There’s still a huge affection for the iPod Classic and it’s not hard to see why – Spotify might offer 20 million songs, but 120GB of music is more than most people need, and your iTunes library doesn’t carry data charges or a subscription fee. Also, I think the Classic is a more distraction-free listening experience – I’m more likely to get through a full album on one.”
It looks like quite a few people echo that sentiment and are willing to pay top dollar to get their hands on the classic piece of history. iPod Classics are being sold online for hundreds of dollars - even broken ones! When I looked through the eBay listing, the highest price I found was $524 for a brand new iPod Classic still in the box. Here's the listing: