Tech That Died In The 2010s | MP3 Players, DVDs and More!

by birtanpublished on April 15, 2021

The thing about tech is that it's always evolving and advancing and that means that sometimes perfectly good gadgets get taken out back put down and buried may they rest in peace fact is we could fill a graveyard with all the tech that was killed off over the past decade with enough terminally ill products left over to fill a hospital with that in mind here are 10 tech celebrities that for better or worse met their end over the past decade first up is the mp3 player when the mp3 met apple's ipod it forever changed the way we listen to music suddenly you could carry hundreds of songs thousands

Even right in your pocket no more Walkman or discman no more of the tapes and CDs that had to come with them one device a world of music at your fingertips suddenly it got real easy to share and download music Napster and people got real serious about listening Microsoft tried to get in on the action with its Zune music player but that poor thing was declared dead in 2009 cut to the past decade and ironically it was Apple's own iPhone that hammered the final nail into the mp3 players coffin today with streaming services like Spotify and smartphones serving as music

Players there's just no need for an mp3 player plus the mp3 itself was declared dead in 2017 by the folks that created it next instant messengers if you were a teen in the late 90s or early aughts then you probably spent hours chatting with your friends on MSN Messenger a well Instant Messenger or maybe even yahoo messenger we were so cute back then text chat was a relatively new thing and it had never been so easy to have conversations online a little later bbm that's blackberry messenger brought instant messaging voice and even video calls to mobile and that's only

Important because the group chats location sharing and other features it had soon got copied by others that did it better eventually Microsoft bought Skype in 2012 and shuttered MSN Verizon acquired AOL in 2015 and finally disconnected aim in 2017 and Yahoo Messenger was shut down in 2018 now how about DVDs this is a contentious one because DVDs are still being made and you can still watch them you probably are but the rental stores and DVD players are essential gone yeah you can still rent a DVD from

Red Box or Netflix and play it on a blu-ray player which you can buy today but blockbuster is gone and regular DVD players are a thing of the past you probably don't display your DVD collection like you used to and you can blame streaming services for that today just about anything you want to watch is available online whether you stream it for free rent it or purchase it and store it in a digital Locker I bet the folks who were at Blockbuster are kicking themselves every day for not buying Netflix in 2004 $50,000,000 the chain was over and done with four years

Later and now Netflix is worth well many billions of dollars here's one that hits close to my heart plasma TVs plasma the original flat-screen TV you know some TV geeks still mourn the passing of plasma TVs or at least they did until OLED came around plasmas had amazing black levels and color but unfortunately they were heavy power-hungry and couldn't get very bright perfect for basement home theaters but not powerful enough to battle a sun-soaked living room plasma TVs were phased out when LED backlit LCD TVs had clearly taken over due to being lighter and less expensive to make now

Net neutrality oh this is a tough one because it got a little political the death of net neutrality is considered by some to be the most defining tech moment of the past decade the idea behind net neutrality is that everything on the Internet should be treated equally this means that if Comcast is your internet provider it shouldn't be able to slow down your Netflix connection in favor of say your Hulu connection it shouldn't make Amazon load slower than eBay and so on in june of 2018 FCC rolled back some rules and net neutrality died it's not clear what this may mean for our future

But ISPs are definitely slowing down torrents and file-sharing next up Microsoft Kinect I know remember the Kinect I mean of course you do but you also forgot about it didn't yet the Kinect was launched in 2010 and for its time it was pretty clever it had an advanced infrared camera system sensors and a microphone that could automatically recognize you log you in to xbox live track your motion and respond to voice commands it was like a we face ID and Alexa all-in-one and it worked well mostly there were glitches and it required

Ton of space to use plus the titles that came out which use Kinect were lame and so though ahead of its time Kinect dies Google Plus this would be funny if it wasn't so sad look Google is infamous for spinning up different services and products then promptly killing them off a huge and growing google graveyard includes google reader google buzz google glass project era Nexus player bump chromecast Audio inbox by Gmail project tango Google now alo Picasa Google Wave Google Goggles Google daydream and the list goes on and on but its biggest death of the last

Decade was Google Plus which was its attempt to build a social network that would rival Facebook and that's the end of that next up is Windows Phone and yeah I think we all know what happened here Microsoft went after Apple because the iPhone was killing it and built a phone using Windows which was having some trouble on desktop already never mind a phone version nobody wanted to build apps for it few people bought it and dead finally you got vine and it would be easy to forget vine since everyone is so

Distracted with tik-tok but vine really started the whole short form video craze tik-tok just picked it up and ran with it thanks visco girls maybe the best thing about vine is that like twitter it forced creatives to do more in less time and space vine may be gone but it has left its mark on the coming decade already that's our list but I'd be remiss if we didn't have some honorable mentions here's to early discovery sites like StumbleUpon and Digg small smartphones like the iPhone se or the Sony compact

Let's pour one out for us be a CD players and cars mini USB hotmail yuya a PlayStation View and tumblr and to be sure owning your software camcorders iTunes landline phones headphone jack Sat Navs and digital compact cameras are all on life support so we'll have that conversation in another 10 years thanks for watching everyone do me a favor if you like these year-end or lists hit that like button subscribe ring that bell also leave me a comment down below on what you think we missed on this list as always you'll find lots more content just like this at digital Transcom

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