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Elegy for the iPod, the device that transformed Apple

In my latest Macworld article, I look back at the history of the iPod, but also the history of the portable music player. As the iPod’s sales are decreasing, new devices are replacing it: iPhones, iPads, and even, perhaps, the mythical iWatch. I hold a small metal device in my hands and twirl my finger […]

Will Apple Allow Headphones to Use Lightning Ports? What’s the Point?

Apple has reportedly introduced specifications for headphones that use a lightning connector; that’s the one you plug into your iOS device to sync and charge it. According to 9to5Mac: Apple will allow two configurations for the headphones. Standard Lightning Headphones are described by Apple as using minimum components when paired with a digital-to-analog converter supported […]

The End of the iPod

It was just a dozen years ago, but it seems like it’s been decades. In October, 2001, Apple introduced the first iPod. No one knew, at the time, that Apple’s portable music player would revolutionize the way we listen to music, and the music industry itself. The iPod certainly wasn’t the first MP3 player, but […]

How About an iPod Pro?

In my latest article for The Loop Magazine, I muse about the possibilities of an iPod pro, a version of Apple’s media player designed for discerning listeners. Check it out here.

Where Are the iPod (classic) Games?

Reading Simon Jary’s delightfully snark-filled 10 reasons Apple will and won’t kill the iPod – is the iPod really doomed? on Macworld UK this morning, I was reminded that the iPod classic had, for a while, games. They were pretty simplistic, but they worked. I recall buying a couple of them, and they got lost […]

Is the iPod Finally Dead?

Apple reported its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2013 yesterday, and made a boatload of money, sold gazillions of iPhones and iPads, and even had a strong increase in Mac sales. But one of the most striking parts of their report was a sharp drop in iPod sales: down 52% over the previous year, […]

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