The best replacement for ipod classic is ipod touch.

The best alternatives to ipod classic are rated as following:
★★★★★  ipod touch
★★★★  ipod nano
★★★  touch
★★★  nano
★★★  zune
★★  ipod video
★  itouch
★  sansa clip
★  sony walkman
★  fiio x3
  ipod touch 5th generation
  cowon x7
  zune 80
  zune 120
  ipod touch sound quality
  creative zen
  ipod 5th gen
  5th generation
  zune hd
  i touch
  ipod shuffle
  microsoft zune
  archos 605

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