23. Portable music players
What’s that we just said about phones replacing one-use devices? The iPod was a wonderful invention (we shall not speak of the short-lived Microsoft Zune). Finally, runners and walkers could take their entertainment with them, enjoying tunes, audiobooks and podcasts on the go.
But now the smartphone can play all those things, so why carry around two devices where one will do? In 2014, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “all of us have known for some time that iPod is a declining business,” according to Wired. As a farewell, crank up your iPod one last time. Maybe play taps.