I was not surprised to hear that, after 20 years, Apple has made a final decision to discontinue the iPod. The original iPod was born Oct. 23, 2001, and revolutionized digital music with the first portable MP3 player that could hold 1,000 songs. Barely escaping bankruptcy just a few years earlier, Apple rode the iPod line to a point where, by 2006, the year before the first iPhone was launched, it accounted for 40% of Apple’s revenue. The rest, they say, is history. The rise of the iPhone and the fall of the iPod are yet another reminder that nothing stays static in the world of free enterprise.