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posted by janrinok on Friday May 13, @01:02AM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the no-wireless-and-less-space-than-a-nomad dept.

DailyMail is reporting that early Apple iPod models are selling for absurd amounts after Apple announced that it is discontinuing the iPod.

This week Apple announced that it is discontinuing the iPod Apple launched its first iPod Classic back in 2001 with a $399 price tag Fast-forward to today and old iPods could be worth a huge amount of money An iPod Touch sold on eBay in March for more than $6,500

Amid the news of its discontinuation, listings for iPods on eBay have surged, with many sellers asking for huge sums of money for their retro devices.

Speaking to MailOnline, James Andrews, senior personal finance editor at money.co.uk, said: 'With iPods discontinued, you might be asking whether it's time to cash in on some of your old tech.

'The first thing to say is don't get excited by list prices on ebay. While a few models are selling for thousands, the vast majority are selling for far less.

'But that doesn't mean you couldn't pick up a reasonable amount. Do a search and check recent sold prices for models like your own to see what you're likely to get.

'In general, the best prices go to iPod Classic models, in great condition and with all the leads needed included. If you're lucky enough to have an unopened U2 Special Edition iPod from 2004 in the back of a cupboard, it could make you thousands.'


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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by SomeGuy on Friday May 13, @02:50AM (11 children)

    by SomeGuy (5632) on Friday May 13, @02:50AM (#1244652)

    For anyone who doesn't get the department line, it's from CmdrTaco's Slashdot post announcing the iPod in 2001:
    https://slashdot.org/story/01/10/23/1816257/apple-releases-ipod [slashdot.org] As much as people may not want to hear it, yes, there were similar products already on the market.

    Hard to believe it has been that long. Hard to believe all the hype behind a simple MP3 player. At a glance it looks like there are MP3/music players still out there on the market. Just not something that is worthy of Apple's overpriced status symbols.

    • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Friday May 13, @03:01AM (3 children)

      by tangomargarine (667) on Friday May 13, @03:01AM (#1244656)

      You know you're getting old when you go to replace your decade-old mp3 player whose battery is finally dying, and you find out that not just the model, but the entire product line was cancelled like 10 years ago.

      I have a SanDisk Sansa Fuze. Physical clickwheel, put Rockbox on it...great stuff. Even the successor to the Fuze, the one with the capacitive touch controls that people said were crap, hasn't been sold for ages. Now the only Sansa mp3 players you can get are dinky plastic exercise models with tiny screens :P

      Also the aux jack on my car has been stupid for awhile. It works intermittently *just enough* that when I had a mechanic look at it, of course they said "seems like it's working fine to me." Getting the entire stereo unit replaced with a third-party one, or apparently they also make wireless things you can set to broadcast a local FM signal to tune your radio to...been procrastinating taking care of it.

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      • (Score: 2) by mhajicek on Friday May 13, @03:49AM

        by mhajicek (51) on Friday May 13, @03:49AM (#1244664)

        My first mp3 player was a portable cd player that could optionally read mp3 files from a data cd. It was pretty high tech for it's time.

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      • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 13, @10:24AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 13, @10:24AM (#1244703)

        > whose battery is finally dying

        I had a iRiver T30 ...which ran from a single AAA. It did its job that well, I'm actually confused why it hasn't a market in the Smartdevicedrone Generation..

        • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Friday May 13, @06:48PM

          by tangomargarine (667) on Friday May 13, @06:48PM (#1244798)

          Not having to worry about having spare batteries handy when it dies is a convenience I quite enjoy.

          And you shouldn't actually leave alkaline batteries in a thing if there's a possibility you won't use it for a long time, since they'll eventually start leaking.

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    • (Score: 3, Funny) by JoeMerchant on Friday May 13, @10:17AM (4 children)

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Friday May 13, @10:17AM (#1244701)

      Anyone want my Diamond Rio? For $1000 I can go through our junk storage and find it for you.

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      • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Friday May 13, @02:38PM (3 children)

        by Freeman (732) on Friday May 13, @02:38PM (#1244741) Journal

        Seriously, I could definitely drop my iRock! in a heartbeat for that kind of cash. 128mb internal memory and a 128mb Smart Media Card inserted. For a whopping 256mb of storage, yeah baby! I've gone through a few different MP3 players, but that iRock! is still rocking.

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        • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Friday May 13, @02:59PM (2 children)

          by JoeMerchant (3937) on Friday May 13, @02:59PM (#1244750)

          I knew the Diamond Rio was a POS that would be out-of-date in a month when I ordered it, but I wanted to make a statement: "Yes, this tech is worth developing" - and, really, even the 64MB Diamond Rio held more music at better quality with better longevity and I think at a lower price than a Sony Walkman cassette player.

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          • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Friday May 13, @03:09PM (1 child)

            by Freeman (732) on Friday May 13, @03:09PM (#1244754) Journal

            That's not hard to do, because cassette tapes are crap technology. Especially, when you combine it with going for a run. An all digital form is much better than moving parts that can jiggle. Which is why CD Walkmans sucked worse than Cassette. CDs do not like to be jiggled while playing.

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            • (Score: 3, Touché) by JoeMerchant on Friday May 13, @08:02PM

              by JoeMerchant (3937) on Friday May 13, @08:02PM (#1244810)

              I still liked my walkman cassette for 90 minute bike rides... it would collapse down to just under the size of a cassette storage box. But, yes, crap technology doomed to a short working life, in other words: the perfect consumer electronics item to sell.

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    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by JoeMerchant on Friday May 13, @10:21AM

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Friday May 13, @10:21AM (#1244702)

      Portable music was, and still is, a big deal. Before mp3 players the best there was was a Sony Walkman cassette player and they sold millions. Today it's a cell phone feature even more so than camera/video, but portable music playing is still hugely popular.

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    • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Friday May 13, @02:34PM

      by Freeman (732) on Friday May 13, @02:34PM (#1244739) Journal

      I bought an iRock MP3 Player about 2 years, before the iPod was a thing. Sucker still works, has great sound, and sips power from a single AAA battery. It's also the only piece of technology I still own that uses Smart Media Cards for storage. Smart Media Cards are awful and definitely good riddance. Still have the same songs on it I loaded, from 20 years ago too.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 13, @03:19AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 13, @03:19AM (#1244659)

    My sister bought me an ipod, i think, about 20 years ago. It's the one with thick aluminum casing.

    It was great initially - i used it while running. but, after a while, i smashed it into the ground while running because the wired earphones started to act up and i've got frustrated - the contact at the earphone plug became iffy.

    Though I wish I kept it since it was a gift from my sister, I have no nostalgia about it. Other than Apple II and the early Macs, I have no sentimental value for apple products.

    • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 13, @12:40PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 13, @12:40PM (#1244717)

      Two words: anger management.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 14, @12:33AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 14, @12:33AM (#1244850)

        Fuck you and fuck your anger management. Imma fiind yo address and come to yo house and totally fuck you up.

        You ded, you AC fuck, D-E-D.

  • (Score: 1, Redundant) by WeekendMonkey on Friday May 13, @01:12PM (2 children)

    by WeekendMonkey (5209) Subscriber Badge on Friday May 13, @01:12PM (#1244720)

    The Daily Mail is hardly a reliable source. Their website articles are often like this one: an intriguing title leading to a few paragraphs, empty of content, that ultimately refute the title.

    • (Score: 2) by SomeGuy on Friday May 13, @06:15PM (1 child)

      by SomeGuy (5632) on Friday May 13, @06:15PM (#1244792)

      Well, just seeing a few items sell for an absurd amount on eBay is not much to base a story on anyway. It happens all the time and no one other than the buyer and seller could really say why. Likely drugs are involved. Chances are whoever wrote the original article was trying to unload some of their own collection. :P I've never even owned a portable MP3 player.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 14, @04:05AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 14, @04:05AM (#1244892)

        I see it a lot ( really high price ) with books. Especially some book that's not common. I've seen some terrible early networking books listing for hundreds of dollars. Hell, I had one. 40 years old. And wasn't good then. But at the time, it was all that was available. I suppose the rest of em were used to start fires.

        I thought it was just a way to legally give someone a lot of money right out in open for money laundering.

        Commonly done with drugs or campaign contributions that the parties want to hide why this sale really took place.

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by DannyB on Friday May 13, @03:00PM (1 child)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Friday May 13, @03:00PM (#1244751) Journal

    This was one of the first mp3 players.

    The RIAA was so outraged by this new development that they sued Diamond Rio to nip this in the bud.

    1. Recording Industry Associaton of America v. Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc. [museumofintellectualproperty.org]
    in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    180 F.3d 1072 (9th Cir. 1999)


    The record industry fails to stop the MP3 player

    Debuting in 1998, Diamond Multimedia's Rio PMP 300 was the first commercially successful personal MP3 player in North America. And it was the realization of a long brewing fear of the record industry.
    With old analog technology, sound recordings lost quality with each successive generation of copying. So if you wanted a high-fidelity copy of a song, you had to buy it from the record company.

    2. Recording Industry Ass'n of America v. Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc. [harvard.edu]


    [....] (Diamond), "alleging that the Rio [a device manufactured by Diamond] does not meet the requirements for digital audio recording devices under the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992, 17 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq. (the "Act"), because it does not employ a Serial Copyright Management System ("SCMS") that sends, receives, and acts upon information about the generation and copyright status of the files that it plays." The Rio is a portable digital audio device which "allows a user to download MP3 audio files from a computer and to listen to them elsewhere." The lower court denied the RIAA's request for injunctive relief, holding that the RIAA had failed to demonstrate a likelihood of success on the merits, [....]

    3. Recording Industry Ass'n of America v. Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc. [wikipedia.org] (Wikipedia)


    On appeal, the ninth circuit upheld the lower court's decision to deny injunctive relief but found that the lower court had erred in holding that the Rio was a covered device under the AHRA. The court noted that in order to be a digital audio recording device, the Rio must be able to reproduce, either "directly" or "from a transmission," a "digital music recording."

    stick that in your pipe and smoke it!

    4. RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA v. DIAMOND MULTIMEDIA SYSTEMS INC [findlaw.com]

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 13, @03:30PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 13, @03:30PM (#1244763)

      I had both the PMP 300 and 500. The PMP 300 was more of a proof of concept, but the 500 was legitimately great early mp3 player.

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