How much is your original iPod worth?



2016-05-27 13:39:15

Ever since they discontinued the iPod, some people started going crazy to collect them.

Here's a great article at the Guardian about the secondary market for iPods in their original packaging. I still miss mine (it died on a hike when it fell about 40 ft out of my pocket into a ravine, I was listening to Rush at the time, it sucked) and I use my phone these days but it's not the same.

People always say "things were built to last back in my day", and it's a complete cliche in some cases, but I think with the old Apple products its true. Which sounds nuts, because we're not talking about hand-crafted oak furniture here.

My old iPod was a heavy, solid piece of kit, with a battery life and storage to match. It didn't need to stream anything online, or take photos, or let me read books, or play games, or make phone calls. It had one job - to let me take my music collection with me wherever I went - and it did it perfectly.

In an age when everyone wants one device that does everything, I think people love the simplicity of the first iPods because they only did one thing, but they did it really well. It's a design classic, and in years to come I think they'll become even more valuable.

That said, I'm not going to pay $20,000 for one in a box, because that's insane. But I might buy a good second-hand one and put all my music back on it, just for old time's sake.

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