Apple updates its product lines frequently. It’s hard to believe, but we’re already up to the sixth generation of the iPod Classic, the seventh generation of the iPod Nano and the fifth version of the iPod Touch. If you’re passionate about your gadgets, it’s easy to feel that you simply have to upgrade and the thought of owning an out-of-date gadget might horrify you. Believe it or not, there are a lot of people who would be happy to take your older device off your hands.
No Built-In Obsolescence
The MP3 standard has been around for a long time and a classic iPod from 2001 will work just as well for playing MP3s today as it did the day it was released. Newer models may be smaller and have a better battery life or nicer screen, but the basic functions of all of the MP3 players are the same. This means that you can sell your old iPod for cash and invest that cash in buying newer gadgets if you wish.
There are many reasons why someone might want an older iPod:
- A cheap, older iPod is ideal for a child that might lose a smaller one.
- An old iPod touch that is capable of playing iOS games is a good substitute for an iPad for a very young child.
- Older iPods with large screens are ideal for people with poor eyesight.
- An athlete may choose to pick up an iPod Shuffle to use as a spare player, especially if they engage in high-risk sports and don’t want to risk damaging a more expensive model.
- Frequent travellers may choose to keep a back-up iPod, just in case their main one gets lost or stolen.
- Bodybuilders and other athletes may keep an iPod with their walk-out or stage songs on them, so that they don’t have to hand over their main device to contest organisers.
Keeping Your Old Music
One of the best things about iTunes is that it allows you to re-download music that you have bought. So if you lose your old iPod you can recover your music collection without too much difficulty. This means that if you do decide to sell your old iPod, it’s easy enough to keep your music. You can back up your songs and playlists to your PC, or re-download your songs from the cloud.
So if you’re planning to update your iPod, or buy a new device that could serve double duty as an MP3 player and a phone or gaming device, why not sell on your older player? It makes sense to try to recoup some of the cost of buying new gadgets and by selling your device you will give someone else, who may not be able to afford a current-generation device, the opportunity to enjoy it.
Martin Brooker is a prolific tech blogger and a music lover. He suggests that you sell your old iPod for cash to upgrade to a new Samsung Galaxy or invest in a new games console later this year.