I loved the 90’s. Even though I was born in the late 80’s, everything about me was cultivated in the 90’s. Who could forget this gems:

 

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UPN (Home of Girlfriends, Moesha and the latter years of Buffy) 

 

Just as UPN didn’t last past the late 90’s/early 00’s, there are a few technology flops that need to be recognized in the history of fails.

One Hit Wonders: Tech Edition

Microsoft Zune:

Microsoft Zune

Microsoft Zune

Anyone remember this MP3 player of the golden age? It was touted as the iPod killer…and look where it is now. We all had a friend (Chanel) who had one and LOVED it. I remember spending my first refund check freshman year on the Black 120GB iPod classic. After a few flubs and the the Zune Screen of Death of 08, The Microsoft Zune never reached the fanfare and status of the Apple iPod. The Zune hardware players were discontinued in October 2011

iTunes Ping:

itunes ping technology flops

iTunes Ping

Anyone remember Ping? iTunes released Ping as a mashup between Facebook and iTunes and it only lasted for 2 years. After being touted as confusing and complicated, iTunes did what we all wanted in the first place…integrated Facebook and Twitter into its interface.

Apple Pippin:

Apple Pippin technology flops (Wired)

Apple Pippin

Oh the Pippin! Launched in 1996, it was Apple’s first introduction into gaming consoles. Some of the highlights were that you could use the web and the early cd-rom games. The limitations started from its poor marketing to the ability to only play Bandai games. Bandai manufactured fewer than 100,000 Pippins, but reportedly sold 42,000 systems before discontinuing the line.

Microsoft Kin:

Microsoft Kin technology flops

Microsoft Kin

Cue in the Sidekick’s cousin! First introduced as Project Pin, The Microsoft Kin was pulled from the shelves after only two months on the market. The short lived phone was geared toward teens and was meant to be social media focused.

 

Now be honest, did you have any of these gizmos and gadgets? Any devices that I’m leaving out? Sound off below!