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Thread: Wozniak Predicts Death of iPod
10-08-2008, 04:17 PM #21
10-08-2008, 04:21 PM #22
I don't believe the stand-alone audio player will ever completely die. We need iPod Shuffle's and iPod Nanos for running/working-out and for our children who are too young for a mobile phone.
I do believe the iPod Classic will be retired once the Nano has over 100GB of flash storage and that'll probably happen sooner than later.
I may not have great vision for the future but I believe the future will still have stand-alone music players and a good chunk of them will be called iPods.
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10-08-2008, 06:40 PM #23
I'd get a cranial jack William Gibson style!
10-08-2008, 09:51 PM #24
I think like some others that the iPod touch/iPhone is the iPod's (in a traditional sense) replacement.
Nanos will probably stick around for a while, because of the portability, but I think they will be less common. Maybe Apple will change the name to iTouch since a lot of people are already calling it that (bothers me a bit personally, but I could see Apple doing this. They changed their company's name recently, afterall)
It's also important to distinguish what the woz is defining as an iPod. It sounds to me like he is referring to the standard model, now called the classic. The biggest one, with the most storage. I don't think anyone would disagree that the classic model is on it's last leg, and probably only has one more generation ahead, if that (that would be 8 generations of iPod!! iPod 1G-5G and iPod Classic 1G-3G)
Honestly, it's already happening!! Think of how many more people have bought a nano or touch/iPhone than iPod classic. I've only known one person to get classic, but 4 or 5 that have gotten the nano, and even more that have iPhones and Touch's.
The key factor in the phasing out is the development of flash storage, which is happening pretty rapidly. Once they can get a flash chip roughly the same size as the 8GB chip in the new nano 4G with 64GB or more of storage, they will probably stop making hard-drive iPods all together. Better for the environment, lower production costs, higher margin - it just makes sense.
Personally, I think we will probably see the last gen of the iPod classic around August '09, and by 2Q 2010 we will be looking at the new iPod nano, in 32GB and 64GB, and the official abandonment of the classic
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10-09-2008, 01:50 AM #25
.... Apple will say hello to G. Lucas and We will have all Iphone , Ipod programs in 3D = ipod and iphone will never end , its call evolution
10-09-2008, 02:00 AM #26
Lol everyone has said the same thing in the last 20 posts :P------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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10-09-2008, 02:26 AM #27
10-09-2008, 09:38 AM #28The Ipod just wont die...
The fat guy is just mad cause he don't with Apple no more.....
Let time be the judge.....
10-09-2008, 12:19 PM #29
The fat guy?? Someone needs a little history lesson...
10-11-2008, 11:09 AM #30
the ipod has evolved into something else, the iphone.. there is no need for ipods anymore with all this technology combined into one device.
10-12-2008, 06:10 PM #31
ipod replacement would be a filling in your tooth that holds your music and transmits directly to your ears, and i suppose u can use ur finger as a usb port, or maybe they will bring back firewire cause apple took that away from us =[Don't forget to hit the thanks button =]
10-12-2008, 06:17 PM #32
very good read. if the ipod dies, apple better have a damn good rebound thats alot better than the ipod. and it better have a catchy name with i in the beginning of it.mrsidewayzz
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10-12-2008, 07:33 PM #33
That's why USB blew it away cause microsoft and intel just said here it is use it and enjoy, Apple wanted a cut every time the name was used.
That's one reason why the iPhone is going to really going to put Apple on the map (well at least a considerably larger space then before). When the first iPhone came out, it was very elitist. But with the new 3g one, they made it so much cheaper for the common man to consider, or at least worked the numbers better.
And that is where Apple can really win, is that they created the mystique around their products. They made them desirable, but kept them priced so that they were out of the hands of everyone.
Now we are starting to see that they are saying, "hey, you've heard about it, now you can have one too and at a more competitive price".
And if the reports are true about a sub 1000 dollar laptop, we are probably going to see more and more OS X users.
And then eventually we will start to see a cheaper Mac Desktop, and not just some iMac, but an actual Mac Desktop.Herp a derp a derp a doooo!
10-23-2008, 12:50 PM #34
use pandora or last fm over 3g and let me know why you would ever purchase music over itunes if you can just pay for a usage fee monthly or on a use by use basis..you get anything you ever want..cover art..all meta data etc.. its like video on demand. storage on HDD is fastly fading away.
11-04-2008, 08:38 AM #35
I've owned a G5 since they came out, ordered a G4 got a call they were discontinued, but wait we have a new product the G5 and with the specs you wanted it will save you 800 bucks. I said sign me up, and haven't regreted it for a second.
But thats all off topic. As it has been said, it is the legacy of electronic goods, they all do die, or become something more. I enjoy my iPhone, I have had both the 2G and the 3G. Enjoyed them both thoroughly, only got the 3G because I was hit by a car and the screen shattered on the 2G. Sometimes I thank getting hit by the car, because I really really like the 3G. But as history has shown us, especially with electronics is in a year or less something smaller, faster, and better comes out. PC's are a good example of this...
I still remember buying an Acer Aspire many moons ago (when macs were still coming in those small unibody hunks of tanned plastic, which are now more commonly used as fishbowls), and by the time I got it out of the box and set up a week later, it was already out of date. Technology is huge, and rapid.
I have no doubt the iPod will disappear, or become something else, but only time will tell what it will become. There are plenty of technologies out there, that havent even been mentioned here yet. Microsofts water tables, LED film... there are so many directions that multimedia devices can go. But I must admit, they wouldn't be where they are if it wasn't for the competition the iPod brought in.