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You're the Pundit: Does the classic iPod have a future?

When it comes to forecasting the next big thing, we turn to our secret weapon: the TUAW braintrust. We put the question to you and let you have your go at it. Today's topic is the iPod. Are the non-touch units examples of dead devices walking?

The iPod classic and shuffle lines have had a big "expiration date" stamped on them for quite some time. Maybe it's time for Apple to hold the funeral for these formerly ground-breaking devices.

The classic, with its large capacity hard drive and touch wheel, and the shuffle, with its tiny form factor and limited interface, have each served a niche market for quite a while. Does the shrinking demand for these items and the greater capacity and lower cost for the touch and nano mean an end to the ten-year-old classic collection?

You tell us. Place your vote in this poll and then join in the comments with all your predictions.

Are the iPod classic and iPod shuffle goners?
Are you kidding? The classic is the benchmark when it comes to large capacity and the shuffle is the perfect first-iPod teen unit.2211 (29.4%)
Classic is out of here. Shuffle will stay. Too much demand from parents.933 (12.4%)
Shuffle? Gone. Nano has taken its place. Apple may still offer the Classic though because that much portable storage is sweet.2777 (37.0%)
RIP classic and shuffle. People want the new and shiny.1432 (19.1%)
Something else. I\'ll tell you in the comments.159 (2.1%)



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When it comes to forecasting the next big thing, we turn to our secret weapon: the TUAW braintrust. We put the question to you and let...