I bought an iPod Classic just the other week to replace a 120GB model. Mainly for car use and for travelling. All this nonsense about Cloud and streaming comes to nothing when you're abroad or with no signal/wifi. I appreciate each person has differing needs, but the iPod Classic suits mine to a T. I like the choice I have too by having all my music on one device, plus the iPod works very nicely with my car as the media console has a dedicated iPod option.
I've used memory sticks and they take an age to read in the info especially when you hit over 32GB... with the iPod it's seamless.
As someone's mentioned, maybe it's time to grab a backup Classic, just in case the current one goes tits up.