The iPod Turns 10
Everyone’s favorite music player, Apple’s iPod, turned a decade old on the 23rd of October. The device had critics chuckling at Steve Jobs expense back in 2001. A decade later, the device is the strongest MP3 player in the market.
In October 2001, the first iPod was debuted on the market with a 5GB hard drive, 10 hour battery life, 160×128-pixel with black and white LED and connected through a Fire Wire and needed to pair with a Mac using iTunes.
Then in July 2002, the second generation iPod was released and the pairing issue was fixed. This one now had the ability to connect with a Mac and PC, and launched its breakthrough from the Apple bubble.
In April 2003, the third generation was released and featured a slimmer case with capacity up to 20GB. Unfortunately, it was considered a design failure which probably led to the design of the iPod Mini which was released in January 2004.
This was the first time the product was split into two devices but the innovation was in the marriage of touch technology and the click controls; a signature feature on every iPod to follow until the iPod Touch. In October, the device was given a bit more color which gave it the ability to display photos.
In January 2005, the iPod Shuffle was released, introducing a product under the $100 range. Then in September, the Nano was released but it was the release of the fifth generation iPod in October that would change entertainment for ever.
The iPod Video (5th Generation) featured a larger screen with the ability to view videos. This would set the bench mark for the iPod Touch which was released in September of 2007.
In September of 2009, a newer version of the iPod Mini was released. This time with the ability to view videos and included a video camera. It was the most advanced iPod on the market.
The iPod has evolved over a decade and has proven to be one of the most innovative ideas Jobs has come up with.