The iPod: Past, Present and Future

Before the creation if the iPod, there were many other pieces of technology people used to communicate with such as the Phonograph or the record player, CD players and cassette players. Also since the iPod can access the internet, e-mails can be sent but before the invention of e-mails people would send letters which took more time. This essay will look at the history of the technology of the iPod, the current state of the technology and also my own opinion of the iPod’s future impact on society.

The record player or either known as the Phonograph was invented by Thomas A. Edison in 1877. The Phonograph would read the bumps and grooves on the vinyl and produce sounds (Yume, 2009, para. 1). People who wanted to listen to music would use this piece of technology as it was considered to be very new and trendy to have and also it created a new experience for people to enjoy music with. In 1925, the Phonograph became obsolete as radio technology and sales were on the rise (Vinyl Records Still Live, 2009). In the past people used to not have mp3 players such as iPods so interaction between individual would be more common such as talking to each other face to face. E-mails did not exist as well so writing a letter and sending it through different mediums was one of the options but it would not be as fast as sending e-mails (Rose, 2010). Before people were more encouraged to go outside to talk to people face to face since they did not have computers or iPods to connect and communicate with people without actually meeting them which hinders social interaction and relationships (Orlowski, 2005). CD players and cassette players were used in the past as portable music players instead of the iPod nowadays which has lead to the CD and cassette player’s end to becoming obsolete. Though they are obsolete now, they were considered to be very mainstream product to have before the development of mp3 players.

The iPod is very popular and widely used by many people. The iPod touch for example has been developed into a touch screen piece of technology where users can listen to audio, surf the internet and also watch videos with many other functions included (Daniel, 2009). The iPod touch is a portable device where people can carry it around due to its small size and shape which makes it very convenient compared to having a bulky CD player or a cassette player. Socialization can also be argued that the iPod can be beneficial for social interactions. Sending e-mails across long distances is a lot faster than sending a letter which also makes it easier for people to connect across long distances (Rose, 2010). Also people who listen to their iPods or music can have control over their personal space which makes people happier, giving them the feeling of control that they like and confidence that they need (Song, 2010). With the feeling of confidence and happiness it can motivate people to converse with people or overall have a more positive attitude. Though it can be seen that the iPod hinders social interaction as well as some schools have banned students from bringing their iPods to school because it encourages social isolation (Orlowski, 2005). This affects their ability to communicate with other students or society in general. Interaction between individuals is slowly diminishing as people turn to their iPods instead of trying to meet new people (Song, 2010). The iPod is now an icon of modern and popular culture, it lets people know that you are fashionable (Egan, 2007). Many people listen to their audio as a source of entertainment. Through Apple’s advertising and design, it has established a close connection with pop cultural trends and become a symbol for new consumptions of music in modern society (Larrson, 2005). The impression of having an iPod makes it seem like a fun item to have as can seen with the adverts where people are dancing with their iPods. Also peer pressure can be a factor in the iPod’s popularity (Johnson, 2005). Teenagers sometimes follow trends more and sometimes they want to fit into crowds of some sort they think having an iPod can help with being popular and fitting in.

With the iPod, my perspective of what will happen to it in the future would be it will remain to be a very popular piece of technology to have unless another company creates a more innovative and popular piece of technology that allows the user to listen to music. With the iPod it is not only the experience of listening to music that makes it so popular but also the extra functions it has such as games and other applications that can help someone with their daily schedules. Also since Apple releases new versions of their iPod family it is very hard to compete with it in the mp3 market. Also how the iPod is viewed in the public affects its popularity as well as some people think that having an iPod is very trendy and fashionable and some people like following trends. Though in the future I believe that there will be a product that will be more popular than the iPod but I don’t believe that will be any time soon but Apple may be the one creating this technology in the future. Since the iPod also creates this disconnection with the person listening to music and to social interactions, more and more people will be socially disconnected since with their iPods people can access the internet and communicate like that instead of having face to face conversations. All these things can impact society because with the iPods great competition in the mp3 market, it can motivate other companies to create more innovative products or it could potentially ruin them as no one is interested in their products which may force companies to close down. The newer generations of people will be more adapted to technology and younger people have more access to technology so in the future society may be even more disconnected and more focused on being disconnected and communicating through mediums like the iPod.

 

Reference List:

Daniel, I. (2009). Evolution of the MP3 Player. Retrieved January 26, 2011 from                                                                                                                                   http://www.pcworld.com/article/174725/evolution_of_the_mp3_player.html

Egan, R. (2007). IPod’s Impact on Modern Culture. Retrieved March 9, 2011 from                http://www.suite101.com/content/ipods-impact-on-modern-culture-a25282

Johnson, S. (2009). Effects of iPod on teenagers. Retrieved March 9, 2011 from                     http://www.techacid.com/2008/12/24/effects-of-ipod-on-teenagers/

Larsson, M.  (2005). Why iPod? Retrieved March 9, 2011 from                                               http://www.scribd.com/doc/8688101/Cultural-Marketing-Analysis-Why-iPod-A-Case-Study

Orlowski, A. (2005). Should iPods carry health warnings. Retrieved February 22, 2011 from http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/03/27/ipod_health_warnings/

Rose, S. (2010). How the web is affecting social relations. Retrieved February 22, 2011 from http://www.helium.com/items/1879501-how-the-web-is-affecting-social-relations

Song, K. (2010). iPods are our Foes. Retrieved February 22, 2011 from http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~krystles/NegativeEffects.html

Song, K. (2010). iPods are our Friends. Retrieved February 22, 2011 from http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~krystles/PositiveEffects.html

Vinyl Records Still Live. Retrieved January 26, 2011 from   http://www.vinylrecordslive.co.uk/vinyl-record-player.html

Yume, H. (2009). The Record Player. Retrieved January 26, 2011 from                 http://articles.mibba.com/History/1961/The-Record-Player

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The iPod and its Representation in Media and Popular Culture~

The topic I have selected is how iPods are represented in media and popular culture. In the past before iPods were available for purchase, it was considered mainstream to have a CD player or a cassette tape player to bring around and listen to audio. Now a lot of people carry iPods around to listen to audio. The iPod is viewed as something that is mainstream to have nowadays and has been for many years now.

In the past people would carry around CD players or cassette tape players but since the development of technology these products have become obsolete. Though they have become obsolete, they were considered very mainstream to have before technology developed other products such as mp3 players or iPods. People nowadays still have CD players and cassette tape players but they are rarely used. They can still be purchased at stores but priced very low and not many people look for these products anymore though some people may prefer to use CD players if they are not concerned with looking old fashioned with such an old piece of technology. Having an iPod can make someone seem very fashionable (Egan, 2007).

The iPod is now an icon of modern and popular culture, it lets people know that you are fashionable (Egan, 2007). Many people own iPods and listen to their audio as a source of entertainment. Through its advertising and design, Apple has successfully established itself as being part of popular culture. It has established a close connection with pop cultural trends and become a symbol for new consumptions of music in modern society (Larrson, 2005). Popular celebrities have been used to advertise the iPods such as musicians and this may attract people to purchase iPods because their favourite artists may be using an iPod and they want to have some sort of connection with their favourite musicians/artists. The iPod advertisements are usually very energetic as well as you can see someone’s silhouette dancing and the iPod can be seen in the user’s hand which makes it seem that having an iPod is very fun. Also peer pressure can be a factor in the iPods popularity (Johnson, 2005). Teenagers are part of the iPods success and teenagers tend to follow popular trends more often and sometimes they want to fit into crowds of some sort so they may think having an iPod can help with being popular and fitting in.

The link between CD players, Cassette tape players and iPods is that they were both viewed as part of being part of popular culture but the iPod is still viewed as being part of popular culture. Maybe someday in the future the iPod will be viewed as something of the past like CD players and they will not be used as often as the iPod will be replaced with some sort of new technology that will be used to listen to audio.

 

Reference List:

Egan, R. (2007). IPod’s Impact on Modern Culture. Retrieved March 9, 2011 from                http://www.suite101.com/content/ipods-impact-on-modern-culture-a25282

 

Johnson, S. (2009). Effects of iPod on teenagers. Retrieved March 9, 2011 from                     http://www.techacid.com/2008/12/24/effects-of-ipod-on-teenagers/

 

Larsson, M.  (2005). Why iPod? Retrieved March 9, 2011 from                                               http://www.scribd.com/doc/8688101/Cultural-Marketing-Analysis-Why-iPod-A-Case-Study

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Social Relationships in the Past and Present~ :D

The topic I have selected is how iPods mediate and affect social relationships. In the past when someone moved far away, your choices were generally to write a letter by hand (Rose, 2010). This would be very time consuming and it can be possible that mail can get lost which can lead to the loss of contact from far away people. With the iPods, it is possible to contact many people no matter how far apart they are by sending e-mails which takes a few seconds to send. The iPod can affect social relationships in a negative and positive way.

In the past people used to not have mp3 players such as iPods so interaction between individuals would be more common such as talking to each other face to face. E-mails did not exist as well so people would write letters and send them through different kind of mediums but no matter what medium it would not be as fast as sending e-mails (Rose, 2010). Without the use of iPods and how it can connect to the internet to access e-mails or facebook, people were more available to converse with other people since they did not have earphones on. The only way to meet other people was to go outside and socialize face to face which in some sense is less efficient but also it can give a better feeling because they were actually talking to someone with words instead of typing words in e-mails. People nowadays still send letters but it is not as common, mail nowadays is usually used for online shopping or shipping solid goods across large distances to people instead of letters consisting of personal messages. Perhaps letters are seen to be more special since e-mails are used so often, sending a letter can be perceived as more thoughtful which can encourage better social relationships between people.

The use of the iPod can also hinder social interaction and relationships. Some schools have banned students from bringing their iPods to school because it encourages social isolation (Orlowski, 2005). This can affect students from meeting friends and developing social skills if they are listening to their iPods all the time without any social interaction unless they are e-mailing their friends but their ability to communicate orally may be affected. Interaction between individuals is slowly diminishing as people turn to their iPods instead of trying to meet new people (Song, 2010).

The iPod’s ability to connect to the internet and sending mail, talking to people face to face the old fashioned way can be linked together. The iPod can help strengthen social relationships as it can connect to the internet to access e-mails and facebook compared to slowly sending mail (Rose, 2010). With e-mails and facebook you can contact many people at once which makes contacting people very easy which can build more social relationships and it can friends or family can be updated quickly. People who listen to their iPods or music can have control over their personal space which makes people happier, giving them the feeling of control that they like and confidence they need (Song, 2010). With the feeling of happiness it can motivate people to converse with people or overall have a more positive attitude. By listening to music and to have the choice to choose what they are listening to, people can develop their own interesting personality which can make someone seem interesting which can increase that person’s social interaction between people as that person’s personality may attract people to talk to them. So the link between sending mail and using the iPod to connect to people through the internet, they both can strengthen social relationships as they both encourage social interaction even though the speed of them both differ greatly.

Reference List:

Orlowski, A. (2005). Should iPods carry health warnings. Retrieved February 22, 2011        from http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/03/27/ipod_health_warnings/

Rose, S. (2010). How the web is affecting social relations. Retrieved February 22, 2011 from http://www.helium.com/items/1879501-how-the-web-is-affecting-social-relations

Song, K. (2010). iPods are our Foes. Retrieved February 22, 2011 from http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~krystles/NegativeEffects.html

Song, K. (2010). iPods are our Friends. Retrieved February 22, 2011 from http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~krystles/PositiveEffects.html

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The Evolution of the MP3 Player

The topic I have selected is how the creation of the mp3 player has been linked to the record player. The record player is a device that played vinyl records and is still used by DJs today though not commercially among society (Yume, 2009, para. 8). An mp3 player is both technology and a device that allows audio to be portable and the user can listen to it when they want to anywhere.

The record player or either known as the Phonograph was invented by Thomas A. Edison in 1877. The Phonograph would read the bumps and grooves on the vinyl and produce sounds (Yume, 2009, para. 1). People who wanted to listen to music would use this technology but the Phonograph was very big and not very convenient to bring around and the vinyl records were very large as well. In 1925, the Phonograph became obsolete as radio technology and sales were on the rise (Vinyl Records Still Live, 2009). The only people who use similar technology to the Phonograph are DJs but it has been developed electronically and functions differently. Some people also collect Phonographs as antiques but rarely do people use them anymore.

The mp3 player is very popular and widely used by many people. The iPod touch for example, has been developed into a touch screen piece of technology where users can listen to audio, surf the internet and also watch videos with many other functions included (Daniel, 2009). The iPod touch is a portable device unlike the Phonograph which makes the iPod touch very convenient and easy to bring around without having to carry vinyl records when the iPod touch can store lots of audio files.

A relationship between the Phonograph and an mp3 player would be they both play audio and music. They both satisfy the need for the user to be able to listen to music but the mp3 player developed today is more compact so it’s easier to bring around.

Reference List:

Daniel, I. (2009). Evolution of the MP3 Player. Retrieved January 26, 2011 from http://www.pcworld.com/article/174725/evolution_of_the_mp3_player.html

Vinyl Records Still Live. Retrieved January 26, 2011 from   http://www.vinylrecordslive.co.uk/vinyl-record-player.html

Yume, H. (2009). The Record Player. Retrieved January 26, 2011 from                 http://articles.mibba.com/History/1961/The-Record-Player

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