9 Sep, the ballyhoo event of Apple marked the demise of iPod Classic’s after almost 13 years after its original debut in October 2001.
The event unveiling the Apple iWatch and iPhone 6 marked the official removal of sixth-generation of the groundbreaking music player from Apple’s online store, though barely noticed in light of the hyped iWatch and iPhone.
The device that revolutionized music and brought Apple back to life was the mirror to someone’s soul at the time. One can look through the person by going through the type of music the person’s iPod was loaded with.
But now music has got a completely new definition with music streaming becoming more handy and songs of any generation lying at your doorstep. Spotify,Sony’s Music Unlimited, Amazon Prime Music, have radically refashioned the way we interact with music again.
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, a faithful music lover, thrived in infusing consumer culture with his ultimate gift.
“If anybody was ever wondering why is Apple on the earth,” Jobs famously said in 2001, holding a fundamental first-generation iPod, “I would hold this up as a good example.”
Though iPod Touch, Nano and Shuffle still holds.
Till September 2009, iPods expanded its storage capacity, to 160GB, iPhones started becoming slimmer, faster and loaded with features, but sans more space. Even today, a top-of-the-line, $949 unlocked iPhone 6 Plus don’t possess the capacity to store as much as an iPod of five years ago.
In a drastic trend change came in the last year when the digital downloads dropped — by 1 percent to $2.8 billion annually. Streaming music grew 39 percent in 2013, to $1.4 billion.
It is now such a comfort to access all the music you want at one go and though the idea of going back to sync the music with iTunes over a USB cable is little obsolete and annoying but the time when one has to laboriously consolidate the MP3 collection, let you derive pleasure of a well-organized collection of MP3s as our parents might have taken with a shelf full of vinyl records.
Music, in the world of Spotify, paying $9.99 a month charge for premium, is all or nothing. Spotify contains nearly every song in existence, with few exceptions — all wrapped up in an interface that’s both more functional and easier to use than iTunes. But no wonder how vast range has been provided by Spotify, it is never gonna give you the feeling of ownership of your music and won’t do the work of choosing the music for you that you are willing to listen when you are perplexed on the choice of songs.