Just two months after Apple announced it was to discontinue the iPod Classic, the devices are now selling online for as much as four times the original sales price.
The 160GB version of the iPod Classic, which has the capacity to store up to 40,000 songs has seen its popularity skyrocket in the run up to Christmas.
Since the device was retired in October, over 3,000 iPod Classics have been sold on eBay, whilst some have sold for close to $1,000 on Amazon.
According to Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook, the reasons for retiring the device is because key component are no longer available from various manufacturers and to completely redesign the device would be too challenging.
Even with the increase in popularity of subscription services such as Spotify changing the way people listen to music, it seems that music lovers still want to be able to use mass storage MP3 players and similar devices for accessing their music collection on the go.
For many music fans, the iPod Classic will be sorely missed, especially when you consider that the largest iPod sold currently is the iPod Touch 80GB, which only has half the storage capacity of the iPod Classic.
In fact, the iPod Classic isn’t the only retro device which seen demand increase of recent months. According to an interview posted on the Guardian website, versions of the Nokia 8210 and similar smaller sized phone by Motorola and Ericsson have been selling online for hundreds of pounds.
So if you’re one of the few mobile phone users who are yet to make the switch to a smartphone or phablet, rest assured that your decade old Nokia might actually be worth more than you could ever have imagined.
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