By 2012, “the plummeting price of storage and its increasing volume-to-size ratio will give iPods almost unlimited potential to hold music and video.” This is really not an unimaginable feat to those of us on whom the wonderful strangeness of carrying around your entire music collection in something so small is not lost.
Google is talking about how it will be very easy for a whole lifetime’s worth of video on the iPod with increased quality and capabilities in the coming years. So now it’s a “Price Volume Game” – “Searching for the price point at which content will take off for the mainstream.”
It seems to me that these specialists are missing something…don’t they watch sci-fi movies? Don’t they read tech blogs, or watch youtube videos? Rather than little magic tv-mobile phone-music player-devices (and you know most people can’t imagine much past the little apple designs), the reality of the future of portable entertainment will be more like little helio displays and acoustic scattering mechanisms that can be used to play music that can only be heard inside a 2ft square “bubble”.
Something like this maybe?
Also when envisioning the future of technology, we must all recognize that touchscreen and extremely accurate voice recognition software (especially when used in conjuntion with algorithms with which one can speak to a program) will very soon render the computer mouse and keyboard obsolete. We move one step further and the iPod touchwheel – which really is more of a design hindrance than a useful tool – will be obsolete as well.