Five Industries Apple Changed

If you asked me what the world would be like without Apple, I might tell you about the major breakthroughs that Apple has been a part of in its history and how they may have been significantly different had someone else come along. The answer might be very similar if Microsoft were Here is an example of five industries Apple changed since its founding in 1976:

Music
The iPod, coupled with iTunes, created a market within itself. Users not only had a music device that played music files, but in order to use it they had to install a store that sold music files for the device. The iPod was so revolutionary in its design and concept that it picked up at an incredible pace. Users took advantage of the convenience of having one of the few legal online digital music stores online connected directly with their music player.

The iTunes Music Store also helped pave the way for music sales to be based on song, rather than album. Where someone might be hesitant to drop $10+ on an entire album, a $.99 song is easier to buy on impulse. Well over 10 billion song purchases later, Apple has become the largest music retailer in the US.

Computer
Considering Apple’s current reputation for portable consumer electronics, it’s easy to forget how the company originated. When the idea of a personal computer that came pre-assembled and ready to go came to Steve Wozniak, he began working night and day to make it a reality. Steve Jobs, his long-time friend, discovered a way to turn what was at that point a hobbyist’s passion in to a marketable product. Through development of their hardware and a fortunate find with Xerox, the modern PC was born. Not only was the Macintosh created through this process, but what became the first version of Windows was as well.

Movie
Anyone who does serious video editing on a professional level knows about Final Cut Pro. This piece of software, which runs only on the Mac, has stood toe-to-toe against Avid’s long-time industry standard editing programs.

In recent years, Apple extended its digital download retail arm to include movies and television in both sale and rental capacities. This, coupled with the iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV, and iPhone, created a convenient way to experience movies and television both on the go and at home.

Mobile Communication
There is no question that the iPhone changed the way smartphones are perceived and designed. They’re no longer a businessman’s signature status symbol. Now, you see them everywhere and anywhere, and the ability to communicate seamlessly through data, voice, and text has improved dramatically since the iPhone was announced.

This shift is industry-wide. Android has been developed to work in a very similar way, and other mobile operating systems including Windows Phone 7 have based their development models around taking the current trend and making improvements to fit the needs of their target customers.

Portable Gaming
The iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch are all portable gaming devices. Currently, the iOS platform is beating the Nintendo DS and the PSP in game sales. This is due in part to a much lower cost of entry per game. For $.99, you can play one of thousands of games where a single game on other platforms usually runs between $20 and $50 a piece.

The accelerometer has brought a new dimension to portable gaming as well, giving the player a fluid method of control that takes advantage of a 3D space rather than relying on keypads and analog sticks. The ability to design games around a multi-touch screen has also opened doors for a new type of control experience altogether.

9 thoughts on “Five Industries Apple Changed”

  1. While I agree that Apple has certainly been successful, and albeit at times a front-runner, in each of the examples you cite, there were forerunners to those Apple devices. There were Mp3 players and or ‘Ipod’ like devices before the ipod. And some might argue that one of the drawbacks to the ipod is the fact that it’s tied to the itunes store. As for computers, Commodore sold millions of personal home computers prior to Apple. Yes, Apple has been the leading edge when it comes to video editing, but again, there were, and are, alternatives to Apple in that regard. Phones, many would argue that there are much better mobile phones than Apples, and portable gaming would have evolved despite the advent of the iphone, ipad, itouch etc. My point being that while Apple has certainly been influential, I believe that had Apple not existed, those technologies and devices would have surfaced eventually anyway. Some other company would have taken the lead and instead Apple Ipods we might be listening to some other branded player.

    1. Commodore sold the PET in 1977, but it was hardly a hit. Didn’t sell millions until the VIC-20 in ’81 and the C64 in ’82. By then, Apple was already selling millions as well. Chris’ point though is still cogent – these are industries Apple changed, not invented. They helped move things along in each of these industries.

  2. Apples role in desktop publishing is bigger along with the laser printervwas earlier and a bigger impact. Apple literally brought freedom of the press to the desktop. For the first ever, anyone who could type and afford a Mac & a laser printer could professionally typeset a newspaperor mag and print itfor pennies per sheet … Previously you needed a lead type set and a printing press … Of course, major us printers ad electronic systems and major metro papers could afford them … This example eventually lead to desktop video and while a nice leap – the impact was and is not as big as apples role in desktop publishing … As for commodore, they came WAY AFTER … apple created the first mass market desktop computer in the apple II. the market was obviously smaller but it paved the way for everyone else to come on board. Apple literally invented the personal computer industry.

  3. I was surprised that the advertising industry was not on there! I’m not involved in advertising, but I think that the influence apple has had on the way companies promote and advertise their products are just as, if not more, influential than some of the other industries!

  4. Hmmmm
    I’ve got the oposide opinion about that.
    Actually I can remember 5 industries apple changed in a BAD WAY but this is not the purpose of my comment.
    Actually for me apple failed and I don’t believe I will ever buy something from Job’s company. And this is not “hate” or something just the way Apple f0cks with their customers is absurdity. I want to tell some bad things about apple and try to explain WHY I think this way and probably we could have a good conversation about that ;]

    1. 1-st coming in my mind is “bad pleasuring of senses”. The sound of all i-devices I’ve tried is terrible! For example I have some other portable players and phones and ALL OF THEM sound WAY BETTER than the iPOD . So why should I need these 32Gbytes of storage for music when it sounds quiet and deaf and playing it with some speakers just can’t be done. All other devices I have and listen to sound better than any ipod (..didn’t check the TOUCH already), their batteries last longer than i-pod’s and the money they cost is way way way less that the money for ipod.
    2. In Phones a-ppLe did a great job ! (no matter that I don’t plan buying this kind’a stuff these days). Again the sound is not good. The dealing with codecs (even in the mpeg4 container) is messed up, some features are locked, some other just not working (for free).
    3. ‘The need of converting’ everything different from apple’s paid codecs just makes me sick
    4. Microsoft users are f-0cked up .. because software like i-tunes doesn’t respond the way it should and again some things are token.
    5. Locking some 3rd party active-x protocols made me decide never to buy i-based stuff
    6. Dealing with other devices is limited and restricted (streaming, bluetooth, usb and all other connections)
    7. The price. OMfG The price is times and times larger for that what you pay for. Well in the US it can be good to give 500$ for a phone but here in EU we think before we buy something (check the market ratings of apple and other devices in us and compare with the differences in EU – where nobody gives a buck for anything like software/apps or so)

    ** when I say ‘everybody’ I mean ‘the most’
    ** when I say ‘nobody’ I respect individuals but when we are talking about money, every time the things go in a different way every time :>

  5. Hmmmm
    I’ve got the oposide opinion about that.
    Actually I can remember 5 industries apple changed in a BAD WAY but this is not the purpose of my comment.
    Actually for me apple failed and I don’t believe I will ever buy something from Job’s company. And this is not “hate” or something just the way Apple f0cks with their customers is absurdity. I want to tell some bad things about apple and try to explain WHY I think this way and probably we could have a good conversation about that ;]

    1. 1-st coming in my mind is “bad pleasuring of senses”. The sound of all i-devices I’ve tried is terrible! For example I have some other portable players and phones and ALL OF THEM sound WAY BETTER than the iPOD . So why should I need these 32Gbytes of storage for music when it sounds quiet and deaf and playing it with some speakers just can’t be done. All other devices I have and listen to sound better than any ipod (..didn’t check the TOUCH already), their batteries last longer than i-pod’s and the money they cost is way way way less that the money for ipod.
    2. In Phones a-ppLe did a great job ! (no matter that I don’t plan buying this kind’a stuff these days). Again the sound is not good. The dealing with codecs (even in the mpeg4 container) is messed up, some features are locked, some other just not working (for free).
    3. ‘The need of converting’ everything different from apple’s paid codecs just makes me sick
    4. Microsoft users are f-0cked up .. because software like i-tunes doesn’t respond the way it should and again some things are token.
    5. Locking some 3rd party active-x protocols made me decide never to buy i-based stuff
    6. Dealing with other devices is limited and restricted (streaming, bluetooth, usb and all other connections)
    7. The price. OMfG The price is times and times larger for that what you pay for. Well in the US it can be good to give 500$ for a phone but here in EU we think before we buy something (check the market ratings of apple and other devices in us and compare with the differences in EU – where nobody gives a buck for anything like software/apps or so)

    ** when I say ‘everybody’ I mean ‘the most’
    ** when I say ‘nobody’ I respect individuals but when we are talking about money, every time the things go in a different way every time :>

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