Timeless Thoughts: iPod Classic

Timeless Thoughts is a monthly blog linkup hosted by Georgie and Tara, where bloggers would write about something from their past. Any topic from the past will do – it can be a place, an event, an item, or an old hobby. The linkup starts on the first Saturday of each month and runs for two weeks.

I’ve been reading Timeless Thoughts posts since it started but it’s my first time to join this linkup! I’m so excited to write about something that’s very dear to me, and share little bits of my past with my blogger friends as well! Enjoy!

In 2008, my dad went abroad for work and was deciding on a gift to bring home for me. He heard news that Apple was releasing the first iPod Touch and wanted to buy it for me. Unfortunately, the Touch was sold out at the outlet he visited, so he decided to get the iPod Classic instead.

I’m glad he did.

My iPod and I went through lots of years together – from my misunderstood teenage years, to my heavy fangirling college days. Indeed, the songs and artists on my iPod represent the different stages of my life, and I really can’t imagine going through those times without music by my side. And now, 8 years after my dad bought it, my iPod Classic is still with me, running just like it did the day I got it out of the box. It’s a very durable device and I didn’t even realize how old it has gotten until I saw it pulled out of the shelves. The large memory (80GB) made it possible for me to store my entire music collection in one device, with lots of space left for some of my favorite movies and TV shows. I know that 80GB is a bit small compared to the maximum capacity at the time (there’s a 160GB model), but for many years, it was more than enough for me.

My iPod and its speaker dock. It’s still working perfectly! (And yes, it’s a pink case lol)

The iPod Classic was, and still remains to be, a solid piece of hardware. In my opinion, it’s one of Apple’s finest and most influential products. It made it possible for people to carry their music with them wherever they are, without the burden of lugging numerous CDs and cassette tapes around. Now, the Classic has been discontinued and the iPod that the new generation knows is the one with the touchscreen and apps. But for me, the iPod Classic was truly special and until now, the user experience that I get from it is unparalleled. It may not have apps or internet connection unlike the modern iPods, but its interface is one that never gets old, no matter how long I have been using it.

Since my music collection is continuously growing, I already replaced it with a new iPod with larger storage. But when I think back on all the times my Classic and I spent together, I just couldn’t bring myself to sell it to whomever wants it. I wanted to keep it for a little bit longer until I found someone who would cherish and take care of it, just like how I did.

Well, turns out I didn’t have to look so far after all. My trusty Classic is now with my boyfriend, and he’s enjoying it as much as I did. 🙂


  1. Claudine!! Finally I’m reading a post from you after I was MIA lol. Anyway! I didn’t get to experience Ipod Classic or any sort of Apple products when I was young not until I reach third year college, I finally have the Ipad Mini. I actually want an Ipod classic, in this world of touchscreen, ipod classics are the best music player Apple have invented. I mean it’s offline! I will probably doing a timeless thoughts post on weekdays. I missed this lol. Btw I changed domain into a longer one haha lel.

    All the best!
    -JeaniebeansPH Diary

    1. I agree, I mean, I have the iPod Touch now but I still prefer the Classic because it’s offline and it’s really just focused on playing and storing media. I love owning my music and having access to ALL of them anytime I want to listen to them! 🙂

      Link updated! 🙂

  2. Thanks for participating! I’m glad you did 😀

    I never had an iPod Classic, but I did have a iPod Touch . . . that I enjoyed until iTunes and I had a major falling out. Even after buying an iPhone SE, I refuse to have iTunes on my computer. I have a major hatred towards that programme ^^;;

    I’m glad your Classic was a great thing for you, though! I used a non-Apple mp3 player, and those worked out well for me. I am amazed yours still work, though! That’s some good hardware right there 😀

    1. Hahaha! I know what you mean about iTunes because I have a love-hate relationship with iTunes (and I know I’m not alone). I used to really love its earlier versions but now I just find the UI and the overall experience weird. Lol I love the iPod though, so I continue to use that program XD

  3. Ah yes, the days of iPods. I actually won my first one (iPod Mini) from a holiday raffle at my former workplace. It didn’t last long for me, unfortunately, when all the mp3s that I tried to upload to my iPhone were all messed up. I ended up giving it to my brother in the end.

    Ever since then, I started using non-Apple mp3 players, such as the Sansa Fuse. I still yearn for a new mp3 player, as my current (cheap) smartphone’s battery is really weak. I have a microSD card inside, but still.

    1. It’s so cool that you had an iPod Mini as a raffle prize at your workplace! Your company must be so rich 😛

      I tried using my phone for music too, but it drains the battery and I have a large music collection, I don’t want to be forced to switch microSD cards or be forced to delete photos and other files just to accommodate my music. It’s better for me to just have a separate media player.

  4. I have an iPod Classic and it still works, just like it did all those years ago. Which is pretty amazing! You wouldn’t find many devices that would be able to do that. I agree with you that it was very well made. I am sure that are many people that still have them in working order. 😀

    1. Yes, I do know a lot of people who still use an iPod Classic every day! 🙂 It’s wonderful to see how it still works so well after so many years, especially because I’m used to seeing a lot of modern devices being rendered unusable after only a couple of years 😮

  5. I’ve still got my classic too – 80gb in black – and just like yours it’s still working absolutely fine. It still goes everywhere with me and it’s got such the insane selection of music on it. I never seem to take the old stuff off, just add the new so when it’s on shuffle it can be quite the trip down memory lane.

    Now if only itunes would stop its awful updates… LOL

    1. I have the same memory and the same color too! 🙂 And just like you, I never saw the need to delete the old stuff. I just keep on adding new albums into it. Shuffle mode is actually quite interesting with a large music collection because you’ll hear some of the songs you haven’t listened to in a while! 🙂

      LOL I have a love-hate relationship with iTunes as well hahaha!

  6. I love reading everyone’s Timeless Thoughts entries, it’s definitely a throwback each time and gets me reminiscing. I actually had to look for my old iPod after reading this 😛

    I remember having the EXACT SAME SET-UP as you. I can’t find my iPod now but it was exactly like yours but silver. It went through a lot – went through my K-POP phases, my punk rock phase, musicals, soundtracks from favourite movies… I loved it so much. I don’t download music anymore so won’t find any use in it anymore even if I did find it because I stream everything on Spotify and have most of my old songs there too. But it was awesome when I had it 😀

    1. Haha right? It was such a handy little gadget! With such a large storage capacity, it would really be able to accommodate music from different phases of our lives lol!

  7. I still have my iPod classic! I bought mine when I was in high school and I loved how much music I could fit on it. I bought the 160GB one even though my entire music collection was only around 10GB haha. I used it all the time and I only recently really stopped using it once I got my iPhone and it was just more convenient to have my music on there.

    The classic is a perfect name for the iPod because it truly is a classic! Mine still works great and I really liked that it didn’t have apps and internet and all that. It was just for music. I had some other off-brand mp3 playes prior to my iPod, but my iPod classic was hands down my favorite! I’m sure eventually I will get rid of it since I don’t really use it anymore, but it’s hard to get rid of!

    1. Wow! 160GB is a lot! When I was young, I never saw the need for the 160GB one because I thought it was too much for me already, that’s why I asked my dad to just buy the 80GB version (and it’s cheaper too).

      I know what you mean about having a hard time getting rid of the Classic! Even if I already had a new iPod with a larger storage, I just couldn’t bring myself to dispose of it or give it away, which is why it took a really long time for me to stop using it. I’m so happy my boyfriend took it, he loves his music so much so I know he would take good care of it 😀

  8. I had an iPod and the iPod classic for a long time but it was stolen from me and I remember it happening too. Oh well, I just use my iPhone now to store and play music but I do remember the rage and popularity of the iPod. 😀

    1. Oh no! It’s such a bummer to have your gadgets stolen from you! 😮 But yeah, a lot of people are now using their phones to listen to music on the go 😀

  9. I remember how big of a hit the original iPod was! That’s amazing that yours is still in great shape and working after 8 years. I never owned one. I used a CD player for a long time and then began storing music on my phone instead. I’m glad your boyfriend is enjoying it now!

    1. Haha it’s actually weird how I had an iPod but also a Discman (hand-me-down from my older siblings). I used the iPod on the go but when I’m at home I play the actual CD. 😛 It’s a nice balance, I guess! 😀

  10. I had the iPod Mini classic, a 4gb. At the time, I never thought I’d fill it up, but boy I was wrong. Haha. I ended up upgrading to the iPod touch later, until I settled on getting the iPhone

    1. Hahaha! That’s what I thought when I got this iPod too! I was like, oh 80GB is already a lot… But after so many years I did manage to fill it up and had to upgrade to a larger memory lol!

  11. If there is one regret I have ever made in terms of buying gadgets, that would be not getting the iPod Classic. I got my iPod Touch but the storage is not sufficient for me (32GB)… 🙁 iPod Classic would be a good alternative for me and I still “blamed” myself for not getting that when it is still available… 🙁

    1. Oh that’s too bad! I think a lot of sellers on eBay and Amazon still sell the Classic, but it’s gotten really expensive because a lot of people want it. The 128GB iPod Touch is a good alternative as well since it’s still available in stores, that’s the one I’m using right now 🙂

  12. Whoa, what a throw back! I don’t even know where my iPod is anymore. I’ve moved onto Spotify now. But my fiancé is adamant on keeping his iPod Classic like you and your boyfriend, haha! Some things never change!

    Kim | Simply Lovebirds

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