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Apple iPod celebrates 12th birthday; success of the device started Apple on the road to the iPhone

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Apple iPod celebrates 12th birthday; success of the device started Apple on the road to the iPhone
Two particular events might have been the impetus behind Steve Jobs' decision to develop the Apple iPhone. One was the introduction of the Motorola ROKR E1 which was also known as the iTunes phone because of the ability of the handset to sync with it. If you've ever seen the video of the phone's introduction, you can see the frustration on Steve Jobs' face when the device fails to work as he wants it to. Some will pick out that exact moment as the conception of one of the most important consumer products ever devised. You can check out that historic moment by clicking on the video below.

The second event that led to the introduction of the Apple iPhone actually occurred a little less than two years before the Motorola handset was introduced. On November 10th 2001, Apple unveiled the very first Apple iPod. The first few months, the enhanced MP3 player could connect to iTunes only via a Mac. Priced at $399, the first iPod had a 128 x 160 "high-resolution display" and was packed with 5GB of storage. 1000 songs could be kept on the device. Phil Schiller, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing predicted that the device would be a hot seller for the holidays. During the fourth quarter of that year, Apple sold 125,000 units.

Two years later, 1 million iPods were shipped and that number soared to 4.4 million the very next year. By the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2005, Apple shipped 22.5 million units with another 39.4 million sold by the same point the following year. By the time the first Apple iPhone was sold, Apple had cumulative sales of the device that exceeded 100 million iPods and iTunes was a library with 5 million songs. The success of this product gave Apple the confidence to take on a more complicated mobile phone industry. The iPod helped Apple build mobile devices and cement relationships for parts, distribution and marketing of Cupertino's iconic smartphone. In other words, the iPod helped Apple learn how to create, manufacture and sell a mobile product.

We can't say that had there been no iPod, the iPhone would never had existed. Jobs' frustration with the ROKR E1 pretty much proves that. But without the success of the iPod, the iPhone might have been different. It almost certainly would have taken longer to develop. As it is, iPhone users can thank the iPod for its contribution to the development of a product that did change the mobile phone industry forever. Happy 12th Birthday, Apple iPod!



source: AppleInsider

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posted on 10 Nov 2013, 21:18 2

1. Yubnub (Posts: 100; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Happy birthday!

posted on 10 Nov 2013, 21:26

2. Shatter (Posts: 1997; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Ya but the itunes phone was just a glorified Motorala Silver.

posted on 10 Nov 2013, 21:56 1

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7756; Member since: 14 May 2012)


My iPod Video broke back in 2008. I miss that shiny black plate and the game Bricks. :'(

posted on 10 Nov 2013, 23:08

6. Sauce (unregistered)


Best toilet time game ever. Man do I miss it!

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 00:15

10. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1313; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


My Classic 120GB is still going (after replacing the battery and hard drive back in '09). If not for iTunes & their (lack of) customer support I might still be an Apple fan.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 21:02 1

21. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6264; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


my 2nd gen ipod broke then my uncle bought me a new ipod video 3rd gen broke after two years. NEVER AGAIN BUY APPLE PRODUCTS don't seem to last long. Then i went with ZUNE HD had it for 4 years then swit h to SONY WALKMAN Z Android mp3 player and they were both way MUCH BETTER than the Ipod.

posted on 10 Nov 2013, 23:00

4. xtroid2k (Posts: 345; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


I think if Steve jobs was still around we wouldn't have had such a craptacular ios7. But then we still would be stuck with skeumorphism so oh well.

posted on 10 Nov 2013, 23:10 6

7. improv (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Get over it..

posted on 10 Nov 2013, 23:16 3

8. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Skeumorphism looks better than the bright, oversimplified icons of IOS 7.

posted on 10 Nov 2013, 23:05 1

5. alterecho (Posts: 1073; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


0:44 to 0:53
Steve jobs promoting features of another device, not made by Apple.

posted on 10 Nov 2013, 23:54 1

9. ilia1986 (unregistered)


One thing apple actually did relatively well.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 00:21

11. jacko1977 (Posts: 388; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


Apple iPod celebrates 12th birthday; success of the device started Apple on the road to the iPhone - after they stole android

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 01:13 2

12. androiphone20 (Posts: 1401; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


oDrop the act and cut the sass doofus

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 01:27 4

13. quakan (Posts: 1160; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Android was going to steal Blackberry's software, then they saw iOS and decided they would steal that instead.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 01:43 2

14. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Android didn't steal jack sh!t.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 06:06 4

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 10574; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Sure they (being google) did, and so did apple, Samsung, moto, HTC, Nokia, and the rest of em. Stop this android kiss up stuff, and open your eyes dude. I'll admit android is driving innovation more than anyone at this point, but this android didn't steal jack s**t crap is just that. Why do you think MS is getting paid by google? Wake up dude, when you were an apple guy, you were awake. Now you've become just another one sided fanboy, and you're right android didn't steal, it's just software, but it's makers sure did. SMDH

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 06:56 3

16. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Let's just say that no one in mobile space has their hands clean. Not a single one of them. However, that's good. Innovation happens when people take the ideas of another and add theyre own new ideas.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 08:15

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 10574; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


100% agreed. Very good post +1

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 12:30

18. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1579; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


There are however some that "add" more than others...

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 13:57 1

19. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


I wish Apple would make an updated version of the iPod classic, perhaps with Bluetooth and wifi sync.....Probably aint gonna happen though.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 16:55

20. downphoenix (Posts: 2295; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


yea, doubt it will happen. They will push the Ipod Touch devices instead with the Icloud services.

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