August 9, 2011 at 11:59 am

Photo: MP3 Players Head to the Recycle Bin

mp3 player recycling bin ipod

MP3 players are so ten years ago. Devices that run apps outperform them in nearly every way imaginable.

Don’t believe me? Check out the above sign of the times: the recycling bins at the Target in Colma, California, offering separate options for trash; plastic or aluminum; plastic bags; and, finally, MP3 players, which customers can responsibly toss away along with their old cellphones and spent printer-ink cartridges.

We like this image, because too often people forget to recycle electronics that not even Goodwill accepts. We also like it because it’s a nice demonstration of how, ten years after the original iPod came out, digital music is shifting past the standalone hardware MP3 player, which allows it to do everything from help you drive more safely while listening to music to custom-tailor your news based on your music.

Thanks for the photo, Eric Meyerson, and we’d like to remind our other readers: If you see something, say something.

  • BigJoe

    I’m not aware of any phones that can hold 80 GB or 160 GB of music.  I have converted all of my music to Lossless files so I need the space.  I listen to a lot of underground hardcore & punk music that is only available on vinyl.  In other words, not the type of music that would be streamed on spotify or anywhere else.  So yeah . . . . There won’t be a phone that replaces my iPod anytime soon.