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Apple Co-Founder Says iPod Family Will Disappear (Hint : That's called Evolution)

So, Steve Wozniak, the other Steve behind Apple, is saying that the iPod is a commodity that will eventually disappear just like the transistor radio and Walkman.

In an interview to UK Telegraph (opens in new tab), saying that Apple's most popular product has had a long life at number one and would "die out after a while".

And Cnet (opens in new tab) says that the iPod is already dead. Which in some sense is true. The "old" iPod is already disappearing fast, replaced by the iPod iTouch which is too close to the iPhone for comfort.

The iPod is already a mature product with very little room for improvement (bigger screens, bigger capacity) and the only way to innovate with such a focused device is to add more functionality, which is what the iPhone is all about.

Wozniak also lambasted another iconic Apple product, the iPhone, saying that it its proprietary nature and locked service provider, when compared with Google's Android (incidentally the only truly open platform on the market), will hamper its growth in the long run.

Apple's share are currently in a freefall having lost nearly 15 percent since yesterday and, at the time of writing, are lingering at USD 85.30, a far cry from Apple's 52-week high of nearly USD 203.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.