CDs, MP3 Players, Cable Boxes Are Doomed, Says ‘Gadget Graveyard’

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The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has tallied of the results of its 2013 ‘Gadget Graveyard’ survey, and it would appear that most members of the technical professional organization do not have faith in the lasting power of entertainment gadgets.

The survey was held online earlier this month and at CES last week. More than 1,700 IEEE members, engineers, engineering students, and CES attendees cast more than 25,000 votes in total, determining which gadgets they believe to live on through 2013, and which ones they expect to go the way of the dodo by year’s end.

The IEEE, by the way, touts itself as being “the world’s largest technical professional organization,” and produces publications, holds conferences, and organizes educational programs all aimed at “advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.”

As for which gizmos the IEEE thinks will be hitting the Gadget Graveyard in 2013, electronics for entertainment media took the “top” spots. CDs were deemed most likely to go extinct, with over 75 percent of respondents saying that digital and cloud music files will put the old media format to bed this year.

Streaming media services had a good amount of clout with respondents in general, as 58 percent think radios will die out, 55 percent say MP3 players will, 53 percent agreed for DVDs, and 51 percent believed the same for cable boxes. This certainly isn’t been the first time people have called for the death of these formats, so it remains to be seen whether or not these old stalwarts will hang on for one more year.

Not every poll result correlated with common assumptions, though. Despite modern society’s increasing insistence on turning to smartphones and tablets for all their technological needs, the IEEE says that many traditional single-function devices will stay strong over the next 12 months. 62 percent of respondents believe that desktop PCs will continue to withstand the rise of smart devices, while a whopping 75 percent think that phones won’t be able to replace cameras just yet. Similar results were found for car keys (60 percent) and GPS systems (58 percent).

Finally, the IEEE claimed that paper-based products will stay alive too, even if laptops and tablets keep many of today’s students from ever taking notes the old-fashioned way. 81 percent think printers are in no danger, 74 percent believe printed money will be fine, and 64 percent say that spiral-bound notebooks will hang on as well.



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