iPods, film, and 'dumb' phones: the redundant technologies of tomorrow
As Apple put the iPod to pasture, we pay homage to the recently-made-redundant tech, and make some predictions for what is headed for e-waste next.
Depending on your age, you may remember growing up listening to your music on a Walkman, Sony Discman, boombox or maybe even a gramophone.
Technological advancements are being made at an exponential rate, which means exciting new products and gadgets on the horizon, but it also means saying goodbye to the tech that we have grown to know and love.
Just as the sundial and hourglass were made redundant by the clock, the technology that the next generation possess may be a completely foreign world to that which we know now.
Released in 2001, the $400 iPod set a new course of history for listening devices, while simultaneously turning the music industry on its head.
What was designed to be a more efficient and compact way to carry your library of music, the wider implications of the iPod not only saw the mainstream end of the CD, but also the way music was bought and sold.
In the early 2000’s, Apple managed to convince major recording labels to sell music on a per-song basis via the Apple Music store. While shorter LP’s or ‘singles’ were already being sold in record shops, once the latest songs were able to be purchased and downloaded for as little as 99 cents, all from the comfort of your own home, the new era of digital music began.
Today, the iPod is a largely redundant product as smartphones have the functionality and superior storage than the humble music player could have ever achieved.
Vale, iPod. We will miss your iconic ads.