Apple stopped selling its iPod Classic music player because it couldn't get hold of the right parts any more, the company’s boss Tim Cook has revealed.
Although sales for the product had fallen, Cook said sourcing parts for the once-revolutionary player was the reason why Apple dropped the range.
Speaking at the WSJD Live conference in California, Cook said that Apple no longer had access to the components necessary to build the 160GB iPod classic.
Redesigning the player would have been a “massive” undertaking, and not cost-effective, with consumers turning more towards smartphones or the iPod Touch, the Apple CEO said.
The iPod Classic’s 1.8-inch hard drives were generally supplied by Toshiba in Japan, with the last generation using a 160 GB drive, allowing music fans to carry up to 40,000 songs in their pocket.
The hard drive accounts for around 25 per cent of the product’s value, with an additional 400 components also made from Asia. The iconic mp3 player was discontinued just weeks short of its 13th birthday.
Cook also used the conference address recent criticism from law enforcement agencies regarding Apple’s decision to encrypt data on its iPhones when locked.
“I look at that and say if law enforcement wants something, they should go to the user and get it. It’s not for me to do it,” he said.
He added that it was better that the company didn’t design its products “with the keys under the mat,” because hackers could exploit the same opening.
Cook appeared to make a veiled criticism of Google when he said that Apple wasn’t checking what its users are searching, reading its users’ email, or tracking the temperature in their homes or what they are buying. Cook said: “We’re not Big Brother. We’ll leave that to others.”
The 10 best smartphones
The 10 best smartphones
1/10 iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
Apple’s latest comes in two varieties: the iPhone 6 (4.7- inch screen and only 6.9mm thick) and the iPhone 6 Plus – a larger (5.5-inch) version, more suited for those with gorillasized hands. The experience remains largely the same: expect sleek, beautiful apps in a package that ties you into their ecosystem. From £539, store.apple.com
2/10 ZTE Blade L2
At only £90, the Blade is the perfect price-point for making sure your kids are safe when they leave the house. The battery lasts for 23 hours, so they can contact you easily, wherever they are. 5MP camera and a 5-inch screen. £89.99, store.virginmedia.com
3/10 Sony Xperia Z3
Anyone who wants a full PlayStation experience should at least consider this phone, which allows you to stream PS4 games from your console to the phone’s screen from November this year. Remarkably, it’s also waterproof up to 1.5m – so if you’re clumsy or just love the beach, this could be for you. From £469.99, shop.ee.co.uk
4/10 Nokia 930
The base model comes in at 32GB of storage. The main attraction to the Nokia Lumia range is a 4.5-inch ClearBlack screen with its brilliant contrast. The Microsoft Office app is among the best for any writer. For anyone who isn’t tied into Android or iOS this is a strong choice. Free on plans from £30.50/month, shop.vodafone.co.uk
5/10 Amazon Fire
Perfect for the Shazam generation you can point this phone – which works like any other Android phone – at pretty much anything and it will tell you what it is, how much it is, and where to buy it. Not for everyone, but if you’re a consumer it will likely change how you shop. Free, only on contract, amazon.co.uk
6/10 Moto G
Although it lacks the bells and whistles of the more expensive phones on the list, it’s still a great phone for its price, with access to emails, Facebook and more. Ideal for anyone who’s feeling the pinch this autumn. £90, shop.vodafone.co.uk
7/10 HTC One M8
The camera on the M8 has a special depth sensor for quicker focusing and clearer pictures. The phone itself is 90 per cent metal, so it doesn’t feel plasticy or liable to breaking. Also has front facing speakers and builtin amplifiers for those last barbecues of the season. £549.99, shop.emea.htc.com
8/10 LG G3
With its 5.5-inch screen the G3 is the same size as the iPhone 6 Plus but in an Android package. It has a 13MP camera with a laser focus, can charge wirelessly but isn’t waterproof or dust-resistant like some of the other phones on this list. £479.95, carphonewarehouse.com
9/10 Samsung Galaxy Alpha
The latest Samsung looks set to replace my personal phone. It’s got a 4.7-imch Super AMOLED screen but the main attraction is Samsung’s “Ultra Power-Saving Mode”, which turns the smart-beast’s screen into greyscale and limits the apps you can use, allowing it to run for days. From £449.99, shop.ee.co.uk
10/10 Nexus 5
Rumours of a new Google phone are rampant at the moment but their last offering, the Nexus 5, still packs a punch. The 5-inch screen is made from Gorilla Glass 3, so should resist a bunch of scratches. £299, play.google.com