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Internet Timeline 2005

TiVo / VOIP / YouTube / Google Earth / Pandora

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TIVO TiVo Internet Access
TiVo, the most popular personal video recorder, added new features this year that made it possible for users to exchange shows with other users and schedule recordings remotely online. TiVo now says it is also working to allow movies and music from the Internet to be downloaded to TiVo, similar to how pay-per-view is offered by cable and satellite providers.

VOIP Soars
Voice Over IP (VOIP), the technology for using a standard phone across the Internet, more than doubled its subscriber base this year. Reasons? Calls to other VOIP users are typically free anywhere in the world, while calls to and from traditional land line phones or cell phones cost a few pennies a minute. Typically, VOIP plans cost $25 a month for unlimited dialing, about half of what local phone operators charge.

Before the launch of YouTube in 2005, there were few easy methods available for ordinary computer users who wanted to post videos online. YouTube made it possible for anyone with an Internet connection to post a video that a worldwide audience could watch within a few minutes. In November 2006, Google purchased YouTube for $1.65 billion in Google stock. As of May 2010, YouTube was serving more than two billion videos a day to over 100 million viewers, which is nearly double the prime-time audience of all three major U.S. television networks combined.

Google Earth
The release of Google Earth in June 2005 to the public caused a more than tenfold increase in media coverage on virtual globes, driving public interest in geospatial technologies and applications. Google Earth lets you "fly" anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, and from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean.

Pandora Radio
Pandora Radio was launched July 21, 2005. The Internet radio service plays musical selections of a certain genre based on the user's artist selections. On July 11, 2008, Pandora started launching mobile versions of their software. By January 2011, Pandora had 80 million users, and by April 2013, they surpassed 200 million users.