IDG shutters MacWorld magazine

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  1. cowbellallen macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2007
    Wow. With the original iPod being discontinued, and MacWorld shutting their doors, this is really turning into the end of an era.
  2. oddnendz thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2007
    Raleigh, NC
    They are shutting down the print edition. The online edition will remain. But it looks like most of the staff was laid off.
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

    Or just products that reached the end of their lives.
  4. Richdmoore macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
    Anything official for those of us with active subscriptions?
  5. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

    Bastards still have subscription and payment info on site.
  6. aaronvan Suspended


    Dec 21, 2011
    República Cascadia
    That sucks. I'm just two issues into my subscription.
  7. Richdmoore macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
    I hope they at least give us the choice of several new magazines, vs just throwing something like pc magazine at us assuming all tech magazines are the same..
  8. grahamperrin macrumors 601


    Jun 8, 2007
    Sad. I so enjoyed reading the magazine …*until a few years ago.

    (I can't blame the web alone, or any other medium, for my shift of focus away from the magazine …)
  9. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Too bad I used to read MacWorld all the time. Unfortunately they couldn't keep up with the times and make themselves relevant online. Being a high tech magazine they should have pushed hard for online back in the 90's. I stopped reading because everything in the magazine was old news. This became more pronounced when they lost favor with Apple.

    I think the last time I picked up a MacWorld was around 2000.

    I remember drooling over the promise of Copeland and Rhapsody featured in their pages. Then having my hopes dashed with Steve Jobs cancelling everything and the new OS X project pushing back the horizon of the multi-tasking Mac OS with protected memory many more years.

    Also being angry that when Mac OS X was nearing. Apple reneged on their promise during the time of Copeland and Rhapsody that the PowerMac 7500/8500/9500 and beyond would support the next generation of operating system. OS X was that next generation and it required a G3.

    All the computer shops listed in the pages were a great way to get upgrades for your Mac.

    I wonder what happened to Apple A+ Insider.
  10. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2013
    Oregon, USA
    Kills me. I had years of MW saved up from the early days. Every month, perfectly lined up on a shelf. Including the IIFX double issue. Hundreds of what would now be vintage articles and thousands of what would now be vintage ads. But instead of putting the in the attic, I put them in the trash!
  11. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

    Aug 28, 2009
    Quite sad that this didn't make the news section.

    Macworld (notice the W is NOT capitalised) has been a part of the Mac community since day one back in 1984.
  12. G4er? macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2009
    Temple, TX
    When MacWorld redid its layout from looking like a magazine with informative well written articles to making it look like web pages with fewer words and lots of open space on its pages is when I lost interest in reading it.
  13. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    Having worked at IDG during the late 2000s I can tell you that their soul has long been gone. :(
  14. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
  15. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    I used to flip through it's pages once in a while in the store.

    It was mostly filled with more than a few beginner tips, some software notices and/or workflow tips, one or two "advanced" tricks that I already knew, and a handful of ads. As someone said, the content took a nosedive when the format changed.

    Don't get me wrong, I liked it and did learn things once sometimes but I can understand why print stuff is going away. You can find everything online now, and with print costs not factoring into subscription fees, oftentimes you can find it at a much cheaper price.
  16. satcomer, Sep 13, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2014

    satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    Why doesn't IDG just do away with the old remark TS go MacMinute and spin it off. Then the people let go by IDG pick it back up and cam MIT by it's old name!

    More dead trees producers are dying off now then ever before.

    What does this mean that their will be no MacWorld Conferences anymore? Looks like Steve was right to pull out of those MacWorld Conferences a fees back.
  17. grahamperrin macrumors 601


    Jun 8, 2007
  18. japanime macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2006
    I agree — MacRumors should have posted a news item.

    Back in the 1990s, when it looked like Apple was dead in the water, Macworld continued to carry the flag. In many ways, sites like MacRumors owe their very existence to publications such as Macworld.
  19. APlotdevice macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2011
    One by one they fall. Sooner or later the magazine rack will be a relic of the past.
  20. the8thark macrumors 68040


    Apr 18, 2011
    I third this. This is huge news. And a very sad day for all of us who used to read the magazine. I used to enjoy it before it went all went down the toilet a few years ago but I still red it cause I felt I wanted to still But now it's gone, sad day.
  21. fisherking, Oct 11, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2014

    fisherking macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    so...macworld is NOT shutting down, it's simply going 'all-digital'. got that info today, with what is now their last paper magazine.

    glad they're continuing, altho will miss the paper magazine (i have several magazines i enjoy reading AS paper magazines). still, better than nothing. now headed to zinio, to sign up for this...

    EDIT: and of course, nothing works. signed up at zinio, and it's SUPPOSED to be there in my subscriptions...and isn't. ugh...

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