I've had about every Ipod and the classic is my favorite. Huge drive, good interface, and excellent battery life. If you just want a music player, I think it's the best choice.
I have a 30 gig classic, battery has gone to crap, but I leave it in a radio dock and it'll pump out music all day long.
Not surprising at all seeing how they are really pushing the solid state hard drives on their laptops and even desktops now.
I wish they wouldn't discontinue the shuffle though. It is by far the best music player out there for runners and an incredible value. The first time the altered it they went back to the current design because everyone wanted it back.
My shuffle is my favorite iPod. It is so simple, and I can drop it a million times because it is very lightweight. Apple-holes.
Mine is already dead. How can they kill it again?
I've had my classic for over 3 years and never once had a problem with it. I used it every night on this last deployment to fall asleep to. I guess they've figured out that it lasts too long and not enough people are buying them fast enough.
I love my Classic. I've had it for 6 years and it's still dragging along. I worked at a golf course for 2 summers and it frequently fell out of the cart, got wet, was impacted etc and it still works.
Only recently the buttons have lost sensitivity because the contacts are corroded underneath but darnit, the thing stil plays.
I might need to buy a new one before they discontinue it, I love my brick.
I'm sure the profit margin on the Classic is good; legacy parts that have become cheaper to manufacture year after year. I would guess dwindling sales and the chance to push buyers into other existing models is the reasoning there.