Happy Birthday, iPod!

Though it’s a bit late, but I have to say: Happy Birthday, iPod!

Tenth years passed after it was released on Oct, 23rd, 2001 by Steve Jobs on the press conference in Apple’s headquarter – Cupertino, California. While the iPod was not the first MP3 player, it was the first to catch on among the masses, the first version of the device offering space for 1,000 songs and 10 hours of battery life in a gadget that could fit in your pocket.

“it’s a nice feature for Macintosh users, but to the rest of the Windows world, it doesn’t make any difference.” Maybe this is a great drawback for the first generation iPod, so, about nine months after releasing the first iPod, Apple made a few minor updates and released the second-gen-ipodĀ on July 17th, 2002. The biggest addition was the ability for Windows PC users to use the iPod with Musicmatch Jukebox software. iTunes was launched this year to make it convenient for iPod users to purchase and download their favorite songs.

The iPod itself has changed over the years. And it’s also very popular with many people, now, there are four patterns, iPod Shuffle, Nano, Touch and Classic.

iPod is not just a music player that changed the way people listen to music, it’s also a watershed to Apple. If the iPod failed, Apple would have remained a boutique computer maker prized by designers and schools but able to be safely ignored by the tech world at large. Instead, the iPod proved to be a powerful wedge. To date, Apple has sold more than 300 million iPods.

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