Woz says Apple’s iPod has run its course

“In an exclusive interview with the Telegraph, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak wonders how long the iPod can stay on top spot, laments the limitations of the iPhone 3G, agrees with the downgrade on Apple shares and believes that Web 2.0 revolution has been over-financed and could lead to mini-crash in technology stocks,” Rupert Neate reports for The Telegraph.

Read Neate’s full interview with Woz here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “MacVicat” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: As Neate notes, Woz “has been ‘basically retired’ from Apple since 1987.” ‘Nuff said.


  1. Really?!
    And I was just about to buy another iPod Touch.
    Well, guess I’ll get me a Sansa-Something, or one of them bleeding-edge Zune-a-ma-bobbies that are so cool, even the kids haven’t caught on to ’em yet …
    (I heard they’re “Crack-a-lackin'” !)

  2. Look… I love Woz… LOVE HIM. He’s the reason I use a computer… but seriously. Woz… you’ve been out of touch in tech for the past 15 years.

    But I still love Woz. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  3. Hmm, the headline is not quite was was written in the article:

    I begin to wonder whether he was even briefed by the Apple press office when he predicts the imminent death of the company’s most popular product, the iPod.

    “The iPod has sort of lived a long life at number one,” he says. “Things like, that if you look back to transistor radios and Walkmans, they kind of die out after a while.

    “It’s kind of like everyone has got one or two or three. You get to a point when they are on display everywhere, they get real cheap and they are not selling as much.”

    He doesn’t really say that the iPod has run its course.

  4. Thank you Tower Tone, for injecting your political opinion in yet another Mac-related forum. Look back at today’s forums. For nearly every story on Mac Daily News, you can see some loser bitter Republican making some political statement. Great, I guess we can look forward to this for another 4-8 years? Please, keep your bitter whining to yourselves, or take it to a political forum.

  5. I love Woz. But he’s been out of touch with the industry too long and he doesn’t understand the consumer electronics industry at all. If the iPod were strictly a computer device he night be close to correct but, the iPod is the replacement for the CD Player, in peoples home, car and personal entertainment systems. The next phase in the iPod evolution has not been released on the world. Apple does have a plan and a schedule that only the top people know but, there is an evolution plan, expect it to start playing out in the next few years.

  6. Really strange commentary… who believes that iPods will stop selling by the millions for the forseeable future. They will continue to evolve on the high end.

    Clearly on the low end we are at base and who will compete on price when Apple has such tremendous leverage based on scale… assumes that capacity will continue grow per industry standards.

    Whole article is a puff piece that says nothing that everyone already knows.

  7. I see his point. The walkman was the shiznit. But where the Walkman and iPod begin to no longer share parallels is that the Walkman was a dead end. How much can you do with a tape player? Add radio. Auto reverse. Oh yeah, base boost. What’s left? Nothing. New cases, slimmer look. Yup, forgot EQ. That was huge.

    The iPod has continued to evolve like no other music device ever. Take a look back at the original iPod, then look at the iPod touch. They both play music, but they are totally different. It is that endless pushing of the envelope and never resting that has kept the iPod on top and will continue to do so.

    Hey, I admire Wos for what he contributed to the world, but what has he done lately that has changed the world? I rest my case.

    Oh yeah, mini-crash on on tech stocks? And going from $270 a share to $90.22 isn’t a crash? WTF?

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