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Twelve years ago today Apple began selling iPod

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On Saturday November 10, 2001, Apple began selling iPod, a new product the company described as "a breakthrough MP3 music player that packs up to 1,000 CD-quality songs into an ultra-portable, 6.5 ounce design that fits in your pocket."



A couple weeks earlier, Apple's Steve Jobs had unveiled the new device, stating that "with iPod, Apple has invented a whole new category of digital music player that lets you put your entire music collection in your pocket and listen to it wherever you go."

Jobs predicted, "with iPod, listening to music will never be the same again."

Philip Schiller, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, announced at the time that "with its breakthrough design and ease of use, iPod may be one of the hottest gifts for every Mac user this holiday season."

Apple ended up selling 125,000 units in the winter quarter of 2001.

The new device sold for $399, packed 5 GB of storage, a 160-by-128-pixel "high-resolution display," and a FireWire port for connecting it to a Mac. It was bundled with iTunes 2 on CD, headphones and a FireWire power adapter.

Using the original iPod required a Mac running either Mac OS 9.2 or the new Mac OS X 10.1. Apple wouldn't release an iPod capable of working with a Windows PC for another seven months.

In April 2003, Apple released a fully touch-sensitive third generation iPod with a new Dock Connector port that could be used with both FireWire or USB, the latter of which made it much easier to use with generic PCs, few of which shipped with a FireWire interface.

By September 2003, Apple had shipped its first million iPods. The next year it sold 4.4 million iPods, eclipsing sales of Macs as Apple created a new iPod Division. At the beginning of the winter quarter of 2005 Apple had sold another 22.5 million, jumping to 39.4 million in fiscal 2006.

iPod launches iPhone



The wild success of iPod helped Apple fund the company's iTunes Store infrastructure and paved the way for the iOS App Store through the development of simple iPod games that Apple began selling. It was also a boon for Apple Stores, which saw tremendous traffic volumes new to the Macintosh.

Years of investment in its retail stores, online media store and increasing sophistication in mobile device design and operational management required to build and ship tens of millions of iPods set Apple up to launch iPhone into a crowded and entrenched market for mobile phones.

By the time Apple began selling iPhone in 2007, it had sold over 100 million iPods and the iTunes Store featured the world's largest catalog with over five million songs, 350 television shows and over 400 movies. Apple had sold over 2.5 billion songs, 50 million TV shows and over 1.3 million movies, making it the world's most popular online music, TV and movie store.

Four years later, Apple passed oil giant Exxon Mobil in market capitalization to become the most valuable public company on Earth.

iPod retires



Sales of iPhones were supported by Apple's rebranding of a non-mobile version of the iPhone as "iPod touch," an iOS device that ran the same apps. iPod touch helped to attract and transition users from the once wildly popular BlackBerry and Symbian platforms to iOS.

Today, Apple's iPod lives on mostly in software, in the form of an iOS app bundled with iPhones and iPads. Apple's non-mobile, non-iPad music devices now account for fewer unit sales than the company's Mac sales. This year, for the first time in over a decade, Apple didn't host an annual iPod media event and did not change its existing iPod hardware lineup.

Instead, the company focused attention on the new iPhone 5s and 5c and new iPad mini and iPad Air models, a far more sophisticated range of mobile devices that start at a price point lower than than the original iPod back in 2001.
post #2 of 46

Is this the part where whats-on-his-face posts "but Apple hasn't innovated in 12 years"?

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

John C. Dvorak, 2007
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post #3 of 46
Happy Birthday iPod...

The existing iPod lineup is awesome and remains the best with iTunes Radio added.
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I still have my original click wheel iPod. Doesn't work anymore, though. Haha, I wish I'd kept my first iPhone as well.

LOL people should just enjoy whatever phone they prefer and stop being d-bags about other phones they don't use. Fanboys are pathetic, regardless of whether they are Android or Apple ones.
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LOL people should just enjoy whatever phone they prefer and stop being d-bags about other phones they don't use. Fanboys are pathetic, regardless of whether they are Android or Apple ones.
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post #5 of 46

One of those developments in consumer tech that has perhaps happened no more than a dozen times in the past century.

 

I still remember the brilliance of the 5GB version in my hand, overcome by the sheer marvel of the hardware design and the UI.

 

And, to think of what it has wrought......

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The iPod. Hate term iPod.
Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of the rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
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Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of the rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
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post #7 of 46
Quote:
"No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame." -Rob Malda, a.k.a. CmdrTaco (Slashdot), October 23, 2001

 

Source: http://slashdot.org/story/01/10/23/1816257/apple-releases-ipod

 

AAPL closed at $8.77 (adjusted for splits and dividends) on October 23, 2001. AAPL closed at $520.56 on Friday.

post #8 of 46
My girlfriend at the time (now my wife) bought me a 5GB model for christmas 2001. Everyone i showed it to was blown away. We worked on cruise ships, so it was a great way to carry a load of music with me. I had a Sony vaio laptop with firewire (ilink) and moved music over with drag and drop (no itunes). A friend had a creative labs nomad, which looked like a giant CD walkman. The iPod looked so much better! Unfortunately it was stolen, but i've bought and enjoyed many iPods since. Looking back at the keynote when Steve Jobs introduced it, it was so low key, yet the iPod went on to change music forever. Amazing!
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Still have my 3G 40GB and the wife's 30GB.  I use mine in the garage as it holds 99% of my music.  Her's is basically a backup for when mine dies.  Our iPhones have replaced general iPod use, but it still has its place.

post #10 of 46
My 3rd-gen iPod and iBook G4 was my entry into the world of Apple 9+ years ago. Both were beautiful marvels of technology and design.

3 more Macs, 1 more iPod, 3 iPhones, and 2 iPads later I'm still a happy camper 1smile.gif

Looking forward, I can see this space being filled by the iWatch. Cheaper than phones/Macs ($200-$400?), that cool accessory that you can get every two years or give as a generous Christmas gift. They were also affordable entries into the Apple ecosystem for people who'd didn't see themselves as Apple people.
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post #11 of 46

Google thread 500 for an amusing blast from the iPod past. Apple fans and trolls alike both HATED the iPod (kind of like they both initially hated everything else Apple has ever done :) )

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Originally Posted by Ireland View Post
The iPod. Hate term iPod.

 

Because you guys have trouble pronouncing it differently than iPad. :lol:

 

I remember that was literally listed as one of the actual “criticisms” of the iPad on its Wikipedia page when it was announced. “People with an Irish accent have difficulty distinguishing ‘iPod’ and ‘iPad’.”

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Time passes and nothing changes. The predictions of failure and doom are still with us. The succeeding generations of iHaters continue their campaign. They are just as stupid now as they were back then, maybe more. That’s why I try to ignore their taunts but it gets to me sometimes and I can’t help but try to strike back. Doesn’t accomplish anything, however. Assholes are who they are.

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Originally Posted by nagromme View Post
 

Google thread 500 for an amusing blast from the iPod past. Apple fans and trolls alike both HATED the iPod (kind of like they both initially hated everything else Apple has ever done :) )

 

Well, you’re right of course. The Debbie Downers of this world get more attention than they deserve.

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Who knew back then that the iPod was the beginning of a monumental shift in the way we think of "computers" in our daily lives?

 

I hated the iPod at first. I was all into the Sony Mini Disc format, but finally gave in and got a Nano years later as a gift. It was my first Apple product. 

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As dated as the classic iPod's click wheel UI is today, when it was new, it blew away everything that came before it.  

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

John C. Dvorak, 2007
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"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

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post #17 of 46
The US Marine Corps' birthday- great date for an anniversary! Semper Fi
post #18 of 46
The decline of the iPod spells Apple's doom. /s
post #19 of 46
And the reason why nobody is going to ever catch Apple. The groundwork was laid down so long ago.
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post
 

 

Because you guys have trouble pronouncing it differently than iPad.

 

No, I meant you should used the 'the' before 'iPod'. Otherwise you end up sounding like a wannabe Steve and it's cringeworthy.

Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of the rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
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Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of the rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
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post #21 of 46

I would love to own a new iPod Touch 64 GB for $199. More than that and it seems overpriced.

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Originally Posted by Smallwheels View Post

I would love to own a new iPod Touch 64 GB for $199. More than that and it seems overpriced.

Apparently, this should be " I would love to own a new the iPod Touch 63gb for $199."


I hate it when people don't use adverbs proper.
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Originally Posted by cjcoops View Post

Apparently, this should be " I would love to own a new the iPod Touch 63gb for $199."


I hate it when people don't use adverbs proper.

"63" gb? I hate it when stupid people pretend that they're smart.
post #24 of 46
I remember when the original iPod came out.
Interestingly, analyst thought Apple was going to compete with Palm with a hand held device. And that a** clown Ballmer scolded Apple for such an expensive device. LOL!!!!!! And in 2007 Ballmer did the same thing when iPhone came out. What does that tell you so far about Ballmer's tech creed? He ain't got none! Oh he tripped about iPad in 2010? Ballmer ain't sh**!!!!!!!!!!
post #25 of 46
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Originally Posted by cjcoops View Post

Apparently, this should be " I would love to own a new the iPod Touch 63gb for $199."


I hate it when people don't use adverbs proper.

What adverbs?
post #26 of 46
Inavation that leads to the revolution from desktops, to laptops, to tablets, the current iPod nano, and shuffle are both still great designs(still thinking about the love for the nanos design), the touch not bad either.
post #27 of 46
The first (the) iPod is still one of the most iconic designs of all time. I remember my cousin showing it to me and it seemed like a paradigm shift in personal music players.

The fact that it packed 5GB of space meant that all my music would fit on it!!

By the time I bought my (the) iPod, it was the 3G 40GB one. It clearly was not enough and I now have the latest (or last) iPod classic 160GB model. That still has about 40GB of free space for more music. I use it in my car.
post #28 of 46
I still have my 160Gb 7th gen Classic. Best part about it, it looks just like the day I took it out of the box. not even a scratch on it. Thanks to my Best Skin Ever on it though :P
post #29 of 46
Miss my old 1.5 gen iPod. Synaptic click wheel, FireWire, portal sound chip, and SQ that made the current gen sound like garbage. It just worked so perfectly, and was an amazingly well designed bit of tech.
post #30 of 46
My family of four has purchased, since 2003, 2 full size iPods, 4 Shuffles, 4 Nanos, 3 iPod touches, and we just purchased our 4th iPhone. The shuffles and the touches are in drawers but the rest are still in nearly daily use.
post #31 of 46
I loved the ipod mini. It smashed the competition, and that clickwheel was so good!

Couldn't have got an ipod 3G. Clickwheel ftw!

iPad doesn't even capitalise ipod any more, so sad :-(
post #32 of 46
I'm waiting for a new iPod Classic with wifi (I hope) and new lightning connector...my music library Is now over 65gb.
post #33 of 46
Interesting tidbit: according to the new Jony Ive bio coming out this week Steve was not initially a fan of white products. Jony and his team produced a bunch of prototypes in different shades of white and finally got Steve on board. Also other execs at Apple weren't on board with white headphones because nobody else was doing white and they said headphones aren't supposed to be white. It's amazing to think about now considering Apple's huge advertising campaign centered around white headphones.
post #34 of 46
Nice to reminisce, but why are you lot talking like the iPod is dead? It'll probably be the name of a new "iWatch" family.
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Interesting tidbit: according to the new Jony Ive bio coming out this week Steve was not initially a fan of white products. Jony and his team produced a bunch of prototypes in different shades of white and finally got Steve on board. Also other execs at Apple weren't on board with white headphones because nobody else was doing white and they said headphones aren't supposed to be white. It's amazing to think about now considering Apple's huge advertising campaign centered around white headphones.

I scream BS. Everyone knows Jobs designed everything and is always right. /s
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The iPod is not retired.  Apple updates the iPods every two years, instead of one.  The 160GB iPod Classic is still sold by Apple and people that want their entire music collection with them are the customers that buy that model.  It has not been updated lately because it does not need any further updating.  It does exactly what it was designed to do, store a large library of media.  I use the 160GB model in my car and take it with me on vacations so I can have my entire collection with me, not a limited selection on an iPhone or small capacity iPod Touch.  The cloud is a joke, doesn't match music properly, and I don't want to rely on an internet connection to listen to my music (especially with a limited data plan).

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Originally Posted by Ireland View Post

No, I meant you should used the 'the' before 'iPod'. Otherwise you end up sounding like a wannabe Steve and it's cringeworthy.

 


Oh, I see. I’m mixed about doing that. Generally I still use ‘the’, but I’ll drop it if I start a sentence with the product name.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by cjcoops View Post

Apparently, this should be " I would love to own a new the iPod Touch 63gb for $199."


I hate it when people don't use adverbs proper.

Yikes. 

 

Please avoid posts regarding grammar. If you don't believe me, please re-read your post once again, carefully.

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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

Please avoid posts regarding grammar. If you don't believe me, please re-read your post once again, carefully.


I think he was making a joke to that effect.

post #40 of 46

I still have my original, 5 GB 1st gen iPod. For years, I just had it permanently plugged into the power supply at my bedside for listening before I went to sleep.

 

Recently, the hard drive started making noises and it stopped functioning. The last song it played was "Strawberry Fields Forever"...which means its last words were "I buried Paul". (...or, if you believe the Paul McCartney replacement quoted on Wikipedia, "cranberry sauce")

 

I don't know if it's worth trying to repair, or even possible. (I have a clip-on type iPod shuffle which has taken it's place while it's down.) It was hardly pristine- it got used fairly hard. But it lived a good, long reliable life.

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