17 years ago Steve Jobs showed the world the iPod – a unique device of its kind. We can say that it was the appearance of the iPod that marked the first step Apple in the modern gadget market. The success of the players largely contributed to the appearance of iPhone and iPad. Today we invite you to remember how the iPod has evolved over these 17 years.
2001: the first generation iPod
January 9, 2001 Apple unveiled the iTunes app at Macworld San Francisco. In the future, it will become a unified mechanism for downloading content to Apple players, smartphones and tablets.
In the fall, Steve Jobs showed the first player under the slogan “1,000 songs in your pocket”. It has a monochrome display, 5GB internal storage, a dedicated FireWire port and a mechanical scroll wheel. The first iPod cost $ 399.
2002: the second generation iPod
In 2002, the company updated the player. The developers have improved the control wheel, doubled the amount of internal memory, and also began to experiment with the “limits” of the iPod.
In addition, the long-awaited version of iTunes for Windows appeared, which contributed to the expansion of the audience.
2003: third generation iPod
In 2003, Steve Jobs unveiled the third generation iPod – the first major redesign of the player. The track control keys are now positioned above the scroll wheel. Moreover, this is the first iPod to use a 30-pin connector.
In the same year, the iTunes Store was born with the ability to buy tracks. At the time of launch, the library consisted of more than 250 thousand songs.
2004: time of experiments
Since 2004, Apple decided to release different iPod models for different categories of users. For example, the iPod mini has become more compact and has received several new colors. The model was the first to receive a proprietary Click Wheel.
However, iPod Photo was not the most successful experiment of the company. Users accepted the player without much enthusiasm and the line did not receive a direct continuation.
2005: iPod nano and iPod shuffle
In 2005, iPod mini was replaced by the iPod Nano, which lasted up to 14 hours in playback mode. It was also this year that the iPod learned to play videos. For the first time, the iPod has 80 GB of memory.
In addition, in 2005 Apple released the first player without a screen. iPod Shuffle allowed to play songs one after another or in a chaotic manner. It is worth noting that users liked the baby, as a result of which a third of all Apple players sold this year came from iPod shuffle.
2007: iPod Touch first generation
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iPod Touch introduced a few months after the first iPhone. Its design strongly resembled a smartphone, but it had a weaker “stuffing” and was connected to the network only via Wi-Fi.
The main iPod line received the “Classic” prefix. The player received 160 GB of memory, an aluminum case and updated software. The third generation iPod Nano has a new screen, interface, and video playback capability.
2009: ahead of time
In 2009, the Nano received major changes. A video camera was installed in the player, the screen was enlarged, a pedometer and a speaker were added. The player also boasted an FM radio.
iPod Shuffle has also been updated. The player became elongated again and got 4 GB of memory in the older model. In addition, voice control is the main innovation. iPod Touch got the same function.
In 2010, in Apple the popularly beloved baby iPod Shuffle was updated for the last time. The usual control keys were returned to the player and made it square.
iPod Nano, in turn, lost the camera, external speaker and video playback capabilities. He became very miniature and acquired a touch screen. After a while, various accessories began to appear that turned the player into a kind of wristwatch.
iPod Touch received the famous Retina display, two cameras – main and front – for shooting HD video and FaceTime calls.
In September 2012 Apple showed the world improved iPod Touch and iPod Nano.
The miniature Nano is equipped with a 2.5-inch multi-touch touchscreen. The device began to play video again, in addition, the developers equipped it with technology Bluetooth.
iPod Touch got a 4-inch display, A5 processor, voice assistant Siri and an improved camera. The model was presented in a metal case. In general, it began to resemble the previously presented iPhone 5.
2015: the last word
In the summer of 2015 Apple introduced an updated iPod Touch sixth generation. The model received a new processor Apple A8, the developers also improved the player's cameras and added a model with a memory capacity of 128 GB. It was the last word Apple in the iPod world.
Most likely, we will no longer see the continuation of the legendary series. However, it can be argued that Apple managed to make a kind of musical revolution.