We’ve had a tip that the shipping times for the iPod Classic have slipped in the past week and that the device is backordered or out of stock in several retailers, suggesting that a new version of the popular media player may be on its way. The Apple Store shows that the silver iPod Classic now ships in 1-3 days, down from 24 hours last week. In addition, Best Buy has updated their website to say that the device is backordered for 1-2 weeks (last week it was shipped in 1 day) and Target also has it backordered for 2-4 weeks. Currently the shortage only seems to be affecting the silver colored model, the dark colored version appears relatively unaffected.
There’s no denying that the iPad Classic is hardly a best-seller anymore, hence the name Classic. Still, the Classic fills a necessary void in the MP3 player market. Sure, most people don’t need instant access to tends of thousands of songs, but the ones that do are the hardcore music lovers, and it’s nice to have those folks on your side.