As technologies are constantly evolving, older services such as compact discs and cheap dialup are
gradually being replaced by newer products such as broadband and iTunes.
Below is a collection of technologies, which are unlikely to be present in a decade.
Many post offices have closed down and the majority that are left are in deep financial problems, mainly
due to internet services and email. Traditional paper mail such as bills and bank statements are now
being sent online. Post offices may become just a distant memory with its complete replacement by
Online news is on the rise and is currently replacing the newspapers that have been reporting news for
centuries. Newspapers are losing vital revenues to sustain paper operations, particularly those
generated through advertising since more and more companies are placing their adds on free websites
Even cheap dial-up prices are unlikely to stop the complete replacement of this ageing technology with
high speed internet. Broadband and cable services are becoming widely available and at cheaper prices.
Its unlikely many kids nowadays will even know what dialup internet is anymore.
Landlines are not a necessity in the household anymore unless you have a large family and make a lot of
calls. Most people are now simply using their mobile phones for making their calls, and with the advent
of broadband and cable, a telephone network is no longer a requirement for getting online. Many
households are no longer willing to pay the extra cost for the landline and mobile phone companies can
offer the same service, without the any additional costs to their tariff.
Books will probably last the longest on this list but its inevitable they will eventually succumb to digital
e-books, available on products like the Apple iPad and Amazon kindle. Although many people still prefer
to read from traditional books, there are many reasons that electronic reading is becoming increasingly
popular such as cheaper costs of e-books, being able to preview books before you buy them and the
ability to browse online bookstores from home. Its undoubtedly more convenient - touch screen devices
can digitally store a huge number of e-books, whilst carrying even just a few large books can
With rampant illegal downloading and online music services widely available to users, the use of
compact discs to distribute music is becoming a thing of the past. Online services such as iTunes can
allow to download pretty much any music you can think of, at a much cheaper price than CD music
Furthermore, mobile phones, MP3 players and iPods can store thousands of albums on a single device,
compared to about 15 tracks on a single CD, thus it is likely the production of music CDs will soon cease