We used to label decades. The 1970s were infamously “The Me Decade.”
Pondering this the other day, the first decade of the 21st century clearly needs to be named “The iPod Decade.”
We could argue about how terrorism has affected the world, but clearly it’s been the iPod that’s dominated everyday, normal life these first ten years.
It’s remade music distribution and purchasing, changed how people can listen to their music, how much of that music they can carry, and has led to the inevitable FAIL-filled imitators.
If Apple keeps this up, the next ten years could be “The iTablet Decade.”
And there is every indication that, granted good health, Steve Jobs will go on to remake many things.
In a New York Times article about the remaking of Disney’s retail stores, there a sentence I’ve been waiting waiting waiting for:
For the first time, Mr. Jobs’s fingerprints can be seen on Disney strategy
As Disney’s largest shareholder, Jobs is not going to keep his mouth shut. Would you keep your mouth shut if you were the largest owner of what in effect is the world’s largest toy store?
And let’s not forget that Steve Jobs now effectively owns Spider-Man and Iron-Man and the rest too.
Even though Sony has wrapped up rights to digital comics from Marvel, I bet that doesn’t much matter. The PlayStation doesn’t have OS X running on it. And it certainly won’t have whatever digital book software Apple must (yes, I say must) be cooking up. Jobs can look at what Sony’s doing as paid-for beta testing for himself! I can see Jobs looking at it and dismissing it with, “Huh, that’s cute. But we can do it better.”
Jobs remaking the Disney Store is just the beginning.
His touch — and touch itself — is going to change everything.