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Classic iPods Selling for Hundreds Online After Being Discontinued

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The Classic iPod was discontinued by Apple in September, but users are still seeking them out on auction sites like eBay and bidding them way beyond their original retail price.

According to Billboard, the 160GB model appears to be among the most sought after, likely because it offers more storage than any other mobile device offered by Apple. Many of the auction listings use words like "vintage," "rare," and "gift" to entice bidders, and one brand new, in-box iPod went for a whopping $900 in late November.

Over at Amazon, new iPods appear to be regularly fetching more than $400.

"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," Stuff magazine editor Will Dunn wrote in an article last year.

"Also, I think the Classic is a more distraction-free listening experience [than a smartphone] — I’m more likely to get through a full album on one.”

The Guardian U.K. reported that the iPod Classic "is not the first retro gadget to be surging in popularity again," as Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour has been seen recently using an old-school clamshell flip phone, and both Rihanna and Iggy Pop currently use them as well.

Steve Jobs' successor, Apple CEO Tim Cook, explained at an October conference why the company decided to quietly pull the iPod from shelves the month prior.

"We couldn't get the parts anymore," he told the audience. "We would have to make a whole new product . . . the engineering work to do that would be massive."

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