I owned a number of these devices during high school and in college, long before there was LTE and streaming services. In fact, pretty much everyone I knew had one of these devices at one point or another; it was the device everyone wanted, and completely changed how we consumed media. Now I don’t know a single person who uses one, though I’m sure there are a lot of people who still do.
Thinking back on it, I probably owned three or four over the years, likely caught up in the hype of new features and larger storage options. I can’t recall the last one I owned before getting a smartphone, and I’m not even sure what happened to it. But I’d love to use one for old time’s sake. Sure, I can just as easily put my media on my phone, but it’s not the same.
These things are technically still around, but not in the form you see above. These designs are long gone, replaced by larger displays, Wi-Fi and the ability to run applications. It’s not that these devices are any less functional than they were a decade or so ago. It’s that Father Time came along and simply made them outdated. The cruel march of technology advanced well beyond what these things were capable of doing, essentially making them obsolete.
Of course, you might be one of the few who still uses this device regularly, in which case you are among a dying breed. Soon these will be long lost memories as technology continues to move forward.