Re: Unrelated: why on Earth did Apple discontinue the iPod Classic?
Posted by Sunrise Moon on 7/19/2017, 11:47 pm, in reply to "Unrelated: why on Earth did Apple discontinue the iPod Classic?"
I think it's a technology upgrade. They switched from a hard disk drive to a solid-state disk drive (flash memory). SSD is better because it is more resilient– it can be dropped without a problem most of the time and it is far less prone to crash. A disk drive on the other hand has an actual spinning disk inside it that allows it to access memory and it's slower (I think, not positive on that) and the use of moving parts allows the drive to degrade much faster, leading to a "crash" (when the spinning disk crashes into the reader-head and physically damages the disk or reader).
TL;DR SSD is more expensive but safer so modern technology has lower capacity for safer storage
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