The Mincey Plantation Music Collection is made up of a few old 78s, too many 33 1/3 albums, stacks of 45 RPMs singles, some 8-tracks without a player, more stacks of cassette tapes, CDs, and, yes, DVDs. We also have three iMacs. What do they have in common?
Since the advent of iPod and iTunes and the iTunes Music Store, the only need for a CD was to rip the contents onto my iMac and into iTunes. Since the advent of Apple Music, I have no need for a CD, DVD, or, the iMac (one of three in the plantation; only one of which has a SuperDrive and can play a CD or DVD.
What’s going on?
Change. Or, put another way, death. The death of CDs, DVDs, and, yes, someday, the iMac. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs may have said it best:
Death Is Very Likely The Best Single Invention Of Life. It Is Life’s Change Agent.
Change happens. Change cannot be avoided. Temporarily perhaps, but definitely not eventually.
Why do we get new Macs, new iPhones, new iPads? Why do we try out new applications? Because change happens, and as much as we attempt to hold onto the past, revere past traditions, and try to determine the future from studying the past, change always wins.
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it… It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away.
Back up to the end of the last century. One can argue that the iMac saved Apple. One can argue that the iPod saved Apple. Yet, today, where are those two iconic products? Mac notebooks make up over 80-percent of the company’s Mac sales. iPod? All that’s left is an aging iPhone without the phone.
Today, we live in an online world. We get our news, information, and entertainment from online sources to an ever growing degree. Will there come a time when newspapers, magazines, CDs, and DVDs are a footnote in history?
How many of you have 78s? Or, 33 1/2 RPM albums? Or 45s? 8-tracks? CDs and DVDs will go the way of dinosaurs and end up in someone’s attic or garage with no device that will actually display or play the content.
Rest assured that Apple is working on a replacement, but it may not matter; to a far, far greater degree, customers have already moved on to notebooks, smartphones, and tablets. If there are 1-billion iPhone customers, 300-million iPad customers, and only 100-million Mac customers– and 80-percent of those are notebooks– then the owners of those 20-million or so iMacs are using the last of a breed of dinosaurs, and one day it will die.
Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.