“Cast your mind back to the spring of 1995. Apple was making Macs — the last of the Performas, among other models — and the Clone Wars were already underway, all while MacNN was starting out as a serious journal covering Mac technology. Nothing has changed since then, and yet everything has changed: Apple is now a cultural force, it’s shaping new industries, and it’s even making some money now, we hear,” Charles Martin writes for MacNN. “From when the company was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and irrelevance, to the crowning of Apple as the most valuable and influential tech company in the world, MacNN has been there. As of July 1, Apple will carry on — but MacNN will not, we’re sorry to say.”

“It’s kind of amazing we made it this far – only TidBITs and MacWorld are older and still around – but we’ve been told we’re packing it in,” Martin writes. “We’ve joked before that Apple becoming a huge mainstream company is the worst thing that ever happened to us, but it’s true: there’s less need for an Apple-specific news site when news about Apple is plastered everywhere, on every site, all the time.”

“As mentioned, we’ll be around through the end of the month, and we hope you’ll stay here until then — we plan to continue our coverage of major Apple news, though we’ll be ratcheting down our columns and such,” Martin writes. “We’d like to tip our hat to the other Apple-Mac news sites — they have never been thought of as our competition, more a part of a larger family.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Wow. The end of an era, for sure.

We’d certainly like to tip our collective hat right back at MacNN! As you might image, we have some Apple news bookmarks that go way, way back and MacNN is among our very first. We’ve gone there every day since the days of dialup. We’ve read MacNN for over twenty years! We were reading MacNN daily while we were designing our MacDailyNews logo during Macworld 1999 in a hot NYC in July. (Noah Wyle appeared onstage at first as “Steve Jobs.” Later, a regally-bearded Steve Jobs had Phil Schiller jump 2 stories into an airbag to demonstrate the first iBook’s Airport wireless networking. The excitement that keynote day was absolutely electric!) MacNN was there throughout, even as it took us three more years to finally start up in earnest in 2002. We’ve been carrying their headlines in our left column for as long as we can remember!

We’re sad to see MacNN go and we wish the staff the best of luck in their future endeavors.

MacNN, you will be missed!