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October 22, 2020
This week in history there are a couple of random facts to share.
The first is around print media. On October 18th, 2012 Newsweek stated they were going to transition to Online-Only format, Newsweek Announces Transition to Online-Only Format.
This is more recent in history, but a big step none the less. Some of you may have never looked at a magazine except in passing at a store. Unlike today, if you want news or information you would either have to watch the news channel or pick it up in a physical manner. The watching it has not changed much, we just have more options, but the physical reading has changed. That is the significate of Newsweek going Online-Only (digital). No longer do you have to go to the library or the store you just go online (phone, tablet, eReader, computer, laptop, ...etc). The article calls out that Newsweek along had a paper media presence for nearly eight decades (80 years). Print media as a whole is not left, and probably is not going anywhere anytime soon. There is still something about grabbing a book and curling up in the corner to read that pulls people in. Some books just feel better in that physical form, other books (especially tech books) are updated so frequently by the time you crack the cover there is probably a new version. Right now I think we are in that space of in-between, but as technology progresses, there will be more of a push around digital and making that experience more engaging.
I am not a big Apple fan. However, credit where credit is due. On October 23rd, 2001 Steve Jobs introduced the World to Apple iPod, iPod. UnThe iPod quickly became the standard and kept it. I would say it has been kicked out only by the iPhone. Many companies tried to compete, but Apple creates a device that was priced at a point people would pay and an interface that was easy to use. I personally preferred my mp3 player with an SD card, I used the sd cards like CDs or cassettes swapping them out as I wanted. It definatly started something, and hats off to Apple, for getting it started, and holding on to it like they did.