"Pass The Aux Cord" - A Requiem For The 3.5mm Audio Jack

Almost gone are the days of auxiliary-powered one-upmanship.

Today (September 7) is a sad day. Apple just held its annual electronic consumer circus #AppleEvent, during which it announced plans for the latest iteration of the iPhone. While none of that is inherently sad, one rumored iPhone 7 feature was confirmed today and leaves in its wake the end of an era. Apple has discontinued the 3.5mm audio jack, a.k.a. the auxiliary port.

With Apple and the iPhone 7 ditching the standard 3.5mm audio jack in exchange for wireless earbuds, it's safe to say that the technological trendsetter's move will cause other device manufacturers to follow suit. Beats By Dre has already announced their compliance in the form of a new line of wireless headphones and earbuds, and it’s not a stretch to expect other major consumer electronics companies to fall in line shortly.

What this means for music listeners is that the age of “pass me the aux cord” is essentially over, shattering the dreams of aux cord DJs and automobile passengers everywhere.

Whether it was being passed around a moving car or huddled around by party-goers, the beloved aux cord fostered musical rituals for a generation. It was a constant game of trying to pick the hotter track than the person before you; a talentless DJ battle of sorts that led to countless exclamations of, “Oh SHIT! What is this song?!?”

Sharing music back and forth with an aux cord is a simplicity that as of yet, Bluetooth and other technologies have not been able to efficiently replicate. Instead of, “pass the aux, you gotta hear this shit,” there will instead be moments of blankly staring at a phone screen trying to pick out the right Bluetooth receiver in the hope that everything connects as quickly as possible.

Of course, Apple is well aware of this, which is why they’ve also announced a lightning-to-3.5mm adapter, which will essentially turn your charging port into an audio jack, an attempt at softening the blow that is the end of the Aux Era in addition to being a cash-grab for the legions of iPhone users who are going to inevitably lose that adapter within the first week of purchase. However ridiculous and Rube Goldberg machine-esque this idea is, it may just slow the transition into wireless territory enough for us to truly appreciate the joy and shared moments the auxiliary cord has brought into our lives.

So for now, go to your nearest aux cord and hug it dearly. Savor the feeling of that cable in your fingers, turn the volume way up, and enjoy that deafening “pop” that occurs upon the initial connection of a soon-to-be obsolete technology.


By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.

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