New Software, Old Images (iTunes 10 gets a new logo)

Last week that Apple said that the new iTunes 10 logo has dropped the CD. This logo change received much bally-hooed flack in the media, with designers even spawning replacement suggestions, such as this one.

Then, the popular spoof Steve Jobs tweeter @CEOSteveJobs sent this: “We’re also taking the booth out of the Photo Booth icon because, frankly, no one uses those anymore either.”

This was a joke, but the point is well taken. The removal of the compact disc from the iTunes logo was probably a necessary evolution, but I think just because an image is “old” or represents something physical doesn’t mean it should be left to the wayside. Language evolves, and like the “car” in carriage, perhaps we should slow down before we throw out our history and keep in mind that words evolve, take on new meanings.

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