This may be awkward, dear music aficionados, but here goes … Your iPod told your depressed Sony Palm Pilot, which got word to your cracked-screen Blackberry, to tell you this: “I miss you.”
Not so long ago you and your iPod were inseparable. You lovingly caressed its click wheel on the train and couldn’t wait to upload the new Outkast or Britney Spears tracks (long before America’s pop princess shaved her head and attacked a car with an umbrella). But ever since you got that snazzy smartphone with the swipe screen, the sick music and video playback apps, and its 16+ GB of storage, your iPod hasn’t seen you in years. And it’s cold and lonely in that gadget cemetery you call a junk drawer.
We’re kidding, of course, but with all the rapidly evolving smartphones, tablets and cloud-based music delivery services, you have to wonder: What will become of the humble iPod? The once-revolutionary, gotta-have-one-in-every-size-and-color status symbol of 2004? Will 2013 be the year Apple’s Tim Cook pulls the plug?
The iPod was introduced way back in 2001, and, like the also once-much-loved Rollerblades, caused a consumer sensation. But sales of new iPods have been steadily declining since 2009, according to a new article on the tech site Ars Technica. Apple sold just 4.57 million iPods during 2013’s third fiscal quarter — down 2.18 million from the same period last year. Compare that to the third quarter of 2010, when Apple sold 9.41 million iPods.
You could blame smartphones and free play and store services like our very own MyMusicCloud for the iPod’s demise. After all, MyMusicCloud enables you to seamlessly create your own playlists and share them along with your entire music library on all your devices, regardless of brand.
Alas, time marches on, and, the iPod, much like Steven Tyler’s leopard Spandex pants, can’t change its spots. We’re sorry, iPod, it’s not you, it’s us.