The Apple iPod celebrates its 15th birthday today

The Apple iPod celebrates its 15th birthday today
Had the Apple iPod not become the huge success that it turned out to be, would Steve Jobs had turned his attention to mobile phones? That is a point that can be debated (just don't call the device a nasty MP3 player). Regardless of what you believe, the fact is that on October 23rd 2001, 15 years ago today, Apple introduced the iPod. This changed the face of MP3 players forever. At the same time, it changed the face of Apple forever. The company became a huge consumer product company instead of a computer manufacturer with a static market share.
    
Still, it wasn't until iTunes was launched in April 2003 that the iPod became a huge seller. With iTunes, iPod users could quickly buy a song, sync the iPod to their desktop machine, and be playing that song on the iPod in seconds.

When the Apple iPhone was unveiled in January 2007, Jobs at first called it the best iPod ever thanks to new features like a Touchscreen and Cover Flow. In fact, originally iPhone users had to press an iPod button at the bottom of the screen to access their music. And one of the original television ads for the iPhone shows how one gets to their music on the phone. The opening words of that ad say, "There's never been an iPod that looks like this." On September 5th, 2007, Apple introduced the iPod touch. This was a touch screen device similar in appearance to the iPhone, but without the cellular capabilities. This became the most popular iPod model of all time.

At 15, the iPod has been pretty much replaced by the smartphone. As some of you already know, the iPhone wasn't the first attempt to replace the iPod with a cellular handset. The first smartphone to come with iTunes integration was the Motorola ROKR E1, unveiled in September 2005. On the day it was introduced by Steve Jobs, the handset failed to work smoothly which left Apple's CEO seething quietly on stage (even though he placed the blame on himself). The failure of the ROKR E1 gave Steve Jobs the confidence that Apple could produce a better handset with iPod capabilities. 


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13 Comments

1. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

And anyone who bought Apple stock on this day would not be disappointed if they still haven't sold.

2. Unordinary unregistered

Would have had like $40,000 in the bank right?

4. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

For every $1 invested then, one would have $94 now if reinvested dividends (slightly lower without).

3. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Happy birthday iPod! Waiting for new version of iPod Touch.

5. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I wouldn't hold my breath for that with all the second hand iPhones floating around out there.

11. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

I don't like to buy second hand iPhone seriously... Because of iOS updates, only newer products can receive more future updates. Also, iPod Touch's price was reasonable for those who only wanted to experience iOS, not a phone.

10. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

If it still rocking the 3.5mm, maybe theres a chance.

6. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

iPod Nano 6th gen was my favorite.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The iPod Touch 1st gen. was my first Apple product. I still have it somewhere.....loved that thing.

12. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Man you should search for it and place it somewhere safe, so you can play with it in the future. I don't know about you but for me there's something good about playing with old tech.

13. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I've still got my iPod Classic 120GB. My niece had my 30GB iPod 5th gen until it got stolen. No touch, no apps, just music, video, and games.

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Well, compact and all but I still miss rewinding/forwarding cassettes with a pen while listening to another one in the deck. Good old times.

9. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

Happy birthday :)

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