In a world where electronics seem to be rarely designed to serve beyond the time when a new model is released, my third generation iPod has impressed me. Bought back in 2004, it functioned till now – 2011 – for solid 7 years. It was its beating heart, a.k.a. the battery, which finely gave up. This slick piece of design still holds its ground and has not found a worthy competition, except maybe within its own family – the next generations of iPods. It has been a worthy classic.