Before I go into detail, let’s take a quick look at the original definition of jailbreak.
1. an escape from prison, especially by forcible means.
The “prison” here is Apple’s restrictive “walled garden” operating system (iOS) that allows little to no customization by its users. “Forcible means” is the software that allows users to hack into Apple’s delicately crafted OS. And the “escape” is users having fun in this new freer playground. You get the picture.
My earliest memory of music is probably my mom’s Thriller album. I remember the vinyl jacket – Michael Jackson clad in black & white just glowing and laying back casually, looking like coolest guy I’d ever seen. At 34, my memory isn’t what it used to be, so there may be earlier memories buried deep down in my subconscious and forgotten dreams, but when you think about it, in 1983, what album mattered more than Thriller? So it’s no surprise that it may be my first memorable music memory, if you will.
This nostalgia got me to thinking about how my music listening has evolved over the years. Here’s a visual tour through the evolution. I’ll limit words to just the captions and headings. Let’s call it a “Music Map.” (Credit to coworker Sheila L for the name)
1983 – 1987: A Thrilling Start
This image is roughly what I remember: circular nobs in front, plastic dust cover, faux wood body, and boxy speakers with that soft cushiony cover over the speakers.
Many of us have read or heard about Apple’s most recent earnings results. Almost 48 million iPhones and 23 million iPads sold. Enough mind-blowing revenue ($54b) and profit ($13b) to feed an entire continent for a decade at least. So then why is the outlook so glum across the Interwebs and on Wall Street amid these record-breaking numbers? Well, I’m no industry insider or respected analyst, but here’s my take.
Apple has lost its edge. Yes, I said it.