iPod Discontinuation Expected by Next Christmas

As the year draws to a close, it’s customary to reflect on the past twelve months and the memorable events that unfolded. However, The Independent has taken a nostalgic leap further back, unearthing some of the world’s most famous incorrect predictions. Among these were Bill Gates’ infamous assertion that 640k ought to be enough for anybody, and Ken Olsen’s bold claim that no individual would ever need a personal computer at home.

Additionally, there’s an amusing misprediction about the iPod, with an Amstrad executive once declaring it would be obsolete by the following Christmas. Clearly, the iPod continues to thrive many years later.

This compilation also brings to mind Motorola’s Ed Zander who was less than enthusiastic about the iPod nano when it first appeared, famously remarking, “Screw the nano. What the hell does the nano do? Who listens to 1,000 songs?” His reaction was partly due to the competitive threat it posed to Motorola’s Rokr phone.

Despite his initial dismissal, which Motorola later said was in jest, the Rokr did not achieve the lasting success of the nano. In fact, it was the iPhone that became the top handset in the U.S. and not the Rokr, which ironically, is now heavily advertised, not for its innovation but more as a nostalgic relic.

Oh wait. Perhaps we’re mistaken on that last point.

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