Myspace / Skype / iTunes Store / 3G
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Myspace was the first major social networking web site. It allowed users to create
profiles, add photos, add music, personalize their pages, list personal interests,
and more. Myspace had 100,000,000 active users by August 2006 and doubled to
200,000,000 by September 2007. From 2003-2007, Myspace was the most popular social
networking site, only to be overtaken by Facebook in mid-2008.
Skype, launched in August 2003, is a software application that allows users to make
free voice and video calls and chats over the Internet. Skype was purchased by
Microsoft in May of 2011 for $8.5 Billion. For a monthly fee, calls using traditional landline
telephones and mobile phones can be made, and users can have real phone numbers
attached to their Skype accounts.
Although iTunes was introduced by Apple, Inc. January 2001 in conjunction with the release of
the Apple iPod later that year, the release of the iTunes store in April 2003 brought iTunes
to the forefront. iTunes is a media player computer program, used for playing and organizing
digital music and video files on personal desktops. It can also manage content on iPod, iPhone,
iPod Touch and iPad. iTunes can connect to the iTunes Store to purchase and download music,
music videos, television shows, books, games, and more.
3G, or 3rd generation mobile telecommunications, was first commercially available in the
United States in July 2003. Both 1G and 2G exist, but the data download rate was a mere 9.6kbs
and not very effective for mobile purposes. 3G Technology marked the first time that cellular
phones could directly connect to the internet and provide mobile broadband access to smartphones
as well as laptop mobile modems. 3G data rates can reach 384kbps download, which is comparable
to home broadband connections. Typical uses include mobile web browsing, mobile application
downloads,and mobile access for laptop computers.