April 18, 2011, 2:33 PM — Cisco's recent announcement that it was closing its Flip mini-camcorder business got us thinking. It's pretty clear that today's smartphones, with their excellent HD video cameras, are partly to blame for the Flip's demise. But how many other consumer products and services--digital or analog--are being killed off by the big, bad smartphone?
We've assembled a list of likely victims here. If you know of other smartphone-induced casualties, please tell us in the Comments section--or contact your local law enforcement authorities. Let's start with the most obvious victims...
When was the last time you carried a digital music player that couldn't do a dozen other things, too? When Apple unveiled the original iPhone in 2007, the die was cast: Portable audio devices incapable of doubling as gaming machines and Web browsers (see: iPod Touch) would slowly fade away. And the latest iPod Touch, which includes FaceTime video chat, is essentially a Wi-Fi video phone itself. Yes, the iPod Classic is still around, but its days may be numbered. And though Apple continues to ring up immense profits, its iPod business has been in decline for some time.
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