“Much has happened since Apple CEO Steve Jobs last appeared on the D stage,” John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD. “Then, in May 2007, the iPhone hadn’t yet arrived at market, the app ecosystem was still gestating and the iPad was simply a long-running rumor.”
“So the conversation onstage focused largely on the iPod, iTunes and Apple’s (AAPL) relationship with the music industry, and the forthcoming launch of the iPhone,” Paczkowski reports. “A few months earlier, Jobs had penned a widely read open letter, ‘Thoughts on Music,’ calling on the ‘big four’ music companies to sell their music without digital rights management. Inasmuch as iTunes was already the world’s largest online music distribution system, his thoughts generated quite a bit of discussion–and a fair bit of controversy.”
“Today, the iPhone is nearly three years old. It has sold 50 million units worldwide and the multitouch interface and app ecosystem it pioneered have arguably revolutionized the smartphone industry,” Paczkowski reports. “Today, the iPad is no longer a rumor. Launched just two months ago, it has already sold two million units and seems poised to revolutionize an industry or two of its own. And today, Jobs is once again shaking up industry with another open letter, ‘Thoughts on Flash,’ a withering rumination on Adobe’s Flash platform and the future of online video.”
MacDailyNews Take: And in three years, we’ll laugh that sites once used Flash to deliver video online.
Paczkowski reports, “Much has changed in three years. But one thing has remained constant: Apple, under Jobs, continues to drive innovation in every industry it touches.”
In a few hours Jobs will once again take the D stage for the opening session of D8. Join AllThingsD at 6pm PT for live coverage here.