11 May 2022
Apple’s Steve Jobs unveiled a new portable music player, the iPod MP3 music player on October 23, 2001 at an event in Cupertino, California. The device could hold up to 1,000 songs in digital form. Yesturday iPod turned 15 years old. Some tech blogs even coined the day as National iPod Day to mark the celebration. However it seems that it’s Godfather, Apple itself, has forgotten the birthday. There was neither any press release nor any tweet from the Apple’s official account. Tim Cook and Steve Jobs seem to be really busy handling other important stuff.
This tiny device is credited for making Apple a huge consumer product company from just being a computer manufacturer.
iPod became a huge success in April 2003 with the launch of iTunes. And when Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone in 2007, it was called the best iPod ever. Then later in September 2007, Apple introduced the iPod touch, a touch screen device similar to iPhone, but without the cellular capabilities. This device was the most popular iPod model of all time.
Apple still makes the iPod touch, nano and shuffle, but it has stopped reporting its sales since 2015. The device has been more or less replaced by the smartphones. Once the pride and joy of Apple, the iPod is in its twilight years and there’s not much left for the device now.