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Instant Expert: A Brief History of iPod

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Saturday, June 26, 2004
Articles Categories: Features

2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | What’s Changed | iPod Sales | Global iPod Availability | iPod Trivia

As the pace and importance of iPod announcements have accelerated in recent days, iLounge has taken this opportunity to assemble an “instant expert” guide to the history of Apple’s popular device. For an updated version of this article, please Download the iLounge 2007 iPod Buyers’ Guide.

Key Milestones in the Life of the iPod

2001

    January 9, 2001 Apple introduces iTunes for the Macintosh, a program that converts audio CDs into compressed digital audio files, organizes digital music collections, and plays Internet radio.
    October 23, 2001 Apple unexpectedly announces the first iPod (codename Dulcimer) at a price of $399. Unlike most (but not all) competing digital audio players available at the time, Apple relies on a hard disk for storage instead of flash memory or interchangeable CD-ROMs, and uniquely focuses on promoting the small size, power, and ease of use of its device. The first iPod has a 5 GB storage capacity - enough for over 1,000 songs - and works only on Macs, using iTunes as a music organization and CD-to-iPod conversion tool. Did Apple release iTunes with the iPod in mind? According to an official Apple timeline, development of the iPod began only six months earlier. November 10, 2001 Apple ships the first iPod. Mid-November, 2001 Third-party developers begin to write workaround software that lets the iPod work with PCs. While first demo versions of the software are available in January of 2002, final versions won’t emerge until June of 2002. December 31, 2001 By the end of 2001, Apple has sold a total of 125,000 iPods.

2002

    March 20, 2002 Apple announces a 10GB / 2,000 song update to the iPod for $499. Taking a cue from crafty third-party developers, Apple ships new iPods with the ability to display business card-like contact information, a feature that makes some wonder about future PDA-like expansion of the iPod’s abilities. As of this date, the iPod is still a Mac-only product, though workaround programs for PCs are circulating and largely functional.
    July 17, 2002 Apple makes four major announcements. First, PC versions of the iPods are unveiled, including MusicMatch software instead of iTunes. Second, a 20GB iPod is introduced. Third, 10GB and 20GB models now sport a new touch-sensitive Scroll Wheel instead of an actual moving wheel, which was easier to damage. And finally, iPod prices are lowered: 5GB drops to $299, 10GB drops to $399, and the 20GB model sits at $499. However, all iPods at this point still require users to have computers with FireWire connectivity ports, which are faster than competing USB ports but far less common on PCs.
    October, 2002 By this point, retailers Best Buy, Dell, and Target have all started to sell iPods. Sensing the appeal of high-capacity music players, Creative releases the Nomad Zen Jukebox as a cheaper but larger competitor to the iPod. December, 2002 Apple unveils its first and only limited edition iPods, with either Madonna’s, Tony Hawk’s, or Beck’s signature engraved on the back for an additional $49. (Another iPod featured the engraved logo of rock band No Doubt.) At a total price of $548, these limited edition iPods were the most expensive ever sold by Apple.

2003

    March, 2003 Microsoft announces Media2Go portable video and audio players, originally targeted for a holiday 2003 release. The players will eventually be renamed Windows Portable Media Centers, deemed Microsoft’s “iPod killer,” and delayed until late 2004. April, 2003 Dell, which has been offering aggressive discounts on the iPod, temporarily stops selling the device after failing to renew its reseller agreement with Apple, but then renews.
    April 28, 2003 Big news: Apple unveils the updated “third-generation” iPod and the iTunes Music Store for Mac users. The new iPods are thinner and smaller than before, feature a bottom Dock Connector port rather than a top-mounted FireWire port, and have entirely touch sensitive controls. Each new iPod has a higher capacity than the previous generation model it replaces by price point: new 10GB / 2,000 song ($299), 15GB / 3,700 song ($399) and 30GB / 7,500 song ($499) models are available. All third-generation iPods now work on either Macs or PCs. Apple’s iTunes Music Store launches with 99 cent per track / $9.99 per album pricing and a library of 200,000 songs, but isn’t yet available for PC users.
    May 1-4, 2003 Retailers begin to sell third-generation iPods, and one week after launching the Mac iTunes Music Store, Apple has sold 1,000,000 songs. June 19, 2003 Taking advantage of the iPods’ proprietary (and FireWire/USB agnostic) Dock Connector port, Apple releases Dock Connector-to-USB 2.0 cables and drivers for third-generation iPods, expanding the range of PCs that can connect to the devices. June 23, 2003 Apple sells the one millionth iPod, more than a year and a half after the release of the device. September 8, 2003 Apple refreshes the middle and top of the third-generation iPod line with higher storage capacities at familiar pricing. A 20GB / 5,000 song ($399) model replaces the 15GB version, and a 40GB / 10,000 song ($499) model replaces the 30GB version introduced in April. Apple also announces that it has sold 10,000,000 songs through the iTunes Music Store since launch. October 16, 2003 Apple releases both iTunes and the iTunes Music Store for U.S.-based PC users, phasing out support for MusicMatch PC software in the process. Belkin and Apple jointly announce voice recording and digital photo storage peripherals for the iPod, further and more tangibly expanding the unit’s capabilities past music playback. Apple also announces total sales of 13,000,000 songs via iTunes since launch. October 27, 2003 Running a month behind its expected launch date, Dell announces the Digital Jukebox (DJ) as a cheaper competitor to the iPod, and partners with MusicMatch to offer a music downloading service. (By December, Dell will announce that it has permanently stopped reselling iPods to focus on the DJ.) November, 2003 Complaints about iPod battery problems reach a fever pitch as the ‘iPod’s Dirty Little Secret’ video spreads across the Internet. Apple subsequently publicizes a cheaper battery replacement alternative for existing users.

2004

    January 6, 2004 Apple debuts the iPod mini, a diminutive 4GB version of the iPod available in five colors at $249. Despite an impressive simplifying redesign of the iPod’s control scheme and casing, critical opinion of the device is initially mixed because of price and capacity concerns. Apple simultaneously replaces the $299 10GB entry-level iPod with a 15GB model, and retailers almost immediately discount the discontinued 10GB model to $249, further clouding the value equation.
    January 6, 2004 Apple announces the sale of the two millionth iPod, less than six months after hitting the one million mark. January 8, 2004 In an entirely unexpected move, personal computer heavyweight Hewlett-Packard announces at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show that it will license the iPod from Apple rather than develop a competing product. HP CEO Carly Fiorina promises to release and sell a “HP blue”-colored iPod by Summer, and agrees to market iTunes to its PC customers almost immediately. February 17-20, 2004 Apple ships its first iPod minis starting on Tuesday, and long lines form at stores for its official Friday on-sale date. Sell-outs and near-sell-outs are reported nationwide, and critical opinion quickly turns in the device’s favor. March 25, 2004 Apple pushes back the international release of the iPod mini from April to July, citing “much stronger than expected demand” from U.S. customers. Analysts report shortages of the miniature hard drives required by Apple. May 5, 2004 Apple announces the sale of the three millionth iPod, only four months after hitting the two million mark. Analysts widely acknowledge the iPod as the digital audio market’s dominant hardware format, and begin to de-emphasize references to cheaper competitors. June 15, 2004 Apple releases the iTunes Music Store in three European markets: France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. One week later, 800,000 songs have been sold to European customers, 450,000 in the UK alone. July 11-12, 2004 The iTunes Music Store sells its 100,000,000th downloaded song at approximately 1:25AM Eastern Standard Time, July 12 (or 10:25PM Pacific Standard Time, July 11), the first legal music download service to hit that milestone. Thanks to an Apple contest offering a 17” PowerBook laptop computer, 40GB iPod and iTunes gift certificate for 10,000 songs (total estimated value: $13,200) to the person who purchased the 100,000,000th song, approximately 40,000 songs (total estimated value: $39,600) were sold in just the ten minutes before the milestone was reached. July 17, 2004 Leaked by Newsweek magazine two days before Apple’s expected official announcement, the first photograph of the fourth-generation iPod appears on the Internet, depicting a hybrid of the third-generation iPod’s white casing with the Click Wheel controls from the iPod mini. July 19-20, 2004 Offically announced by Apple on July 19, the fourth-generation iPod is physically thinner than the third-generation iPod but remains larger than the iPod mini, boasts improved battery life (12 hours), iPod mini-style Click Wheel controls, and small software tweaks such as a main menu randomized (shuffle) playback feature. Called lower-cost iPods, prices for the new low-end (20GB, $299) and mid-range (40GB, $399) units look like $100 drops from prior models until consumers discover that $100 worth of pack-ins (Docks, remote controls, and cases) have been stripped from their packages. The fourth-generation iPods also lack some widely rumored features, including a 60GB version and a color screen to display digital photographs. Buzz remains significant and first units begin to appear by the 20th. July 21, 2004 Apple adds three top European independent labels to the iTMS catalog, placating the few remaining critics of iTunes. July 24, 2004 Apple releases the iPod mini worldwide, behind schedule but still early enough to excite people around the world. Sell-outs are reported in several countries, including Japan. July 26, 2004 Motorola announces that its next generation of cellular phones will be iTunes-compatible. In response to Apple’s earlier public rebuffing, RealNetworks releases a music technology called Harmony, enabling songs sold by Real through its own music store to be played back on iPods (and other devices) without Apple’s permission. August 5, 2004 Apple announces total sales of 3.7 million iPods. August 10, 2004 The iTunes Music Store library hits 1,000,000 songs. August 25, 2004 Apple quietly begins to search for wireless and video experts to join its iPod division. August 27, 2004 Hewlett-Packard announces the “Apple iPod from HP�? (or “iPod+hp�?), a repackaged version of the 4G iPod with new manuals and HP-supplied technical support. Promising availability by September 15, HP begins to ship units almost immediately, and announces an iPod-compatible printer and “printable tattoos�? to cover iPods. August 31, 2004 Apple announces that it has 58% market share of the U.S. digital music player business, and plans a pan-European iTMS for October. September 1, 2004 iTMS hits 125 million downloaded songs. Apple releases the iMac G5, which is now being marketed as a computer “from the creators of iPod.�? September 7 - October 4, 2004 Microsoft’s unofficial anti-iPod public relations offensive starts. Chairman Bill Gates says in an interview that the iPod would have been easy for Microsoft to make. Next, while Internet-based viruses plague Windows PCs, Microsoft announces that the next Windows version will prevent iPods from unleashing viruses on PCs, though no such iPod attack has been reported. Finally, CEO Steve Ballmer publicly calls iPod users music thieves, claiming that Microsoft offers better copy protection. He later apologizes. October 12-14, 2004 Analysts report that iPod sales are 82% of all digital music players and 92% of all hard-drive based players; nearest hard drive competitor Creative has 3.7%. Over 2,000,000 iPods were shipped in the prior 3 months alone, and iTMS downloads hit 150,000,000, a rate of 4 million downloads per week. October 26, 2004 Apple debuts the iPod photo, a new version of the fourth-generation iPod that’s capable of displaying digital photographs and album art on its built-in color screen. Sold in 40GB ($499) and 60GB ($599) capacities, the iPod photo is physically identical to the fourth-generation iPod, only slightly thicker, and includes most of the pack-ins (Dock and case) that disappeared from iPod boxes in July. It also includes a “photo Dock” and AV cable for displaying digital photos on a television, as well as an evolved, colorized interface for using the iPod’s music playback features. On the same day, and following considerable Apple co-promotion of a U2 song called Vertigo, Apple introduces the U2 iPod Special Edition ($349), a 20GB fourth-generation iPod with a shiny black front casing, red Click Wheel, and U2-engraved rear metal casing. The U2 iPod includes a $50 coupon towards the purchase of a $149 Apple-innovated “digital box set” called The Complete U2, but not a copy of U2’s latest album as was widely rumored before the product’s launch. Apple notes sales of nearly 6 million iPods to date.

How Have iPods Changed?

Obvious differences in size, thickness, and materials aside, the iPod has gone through a number of changes since its debut in 2001. While the first-generation (1G) and second-generation (2G) iPods featured a FireWire data port up top next to the headphone port and hold switch, this data port was removed from the top of third-generation (3G) iPods, fourth-generation (4G) iPods, iPod minis and iPod photos in favor of a bottom-mounted Dock Connector port.

Placement of the four Menu/Play/Forward/Reverse buttons also changed; the original collection of four curved buttons surrounded the 1G and 2G iPods’ Scroll Wheels, but were transformed into circular buttons above the Scroll Wheel for the 3G iPod, and then integrated into the Click Wheel of the iPod mini, 4G iPod, and iPod photo, beginning with the iPod mini.

Finally, the wheel mechanism itself has changed: while the 1G iPod used a wheel that physically moved, each subsequent iPod has used a touch-sensitive circle that emulates the movement of a wheel - a subtle, yet unquestionably superior design.

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iPod Boxes and Pack-ins
Though the prices and capacities of iPods are their most often touted differences, each generation of iPods has featured different pack-ins that can add extra value for the dollar. On the hardware side, Apple’s decision to include remote controls, carrying cases, and eventually Docks with premium-priced iPods initially offset those higher prices, though changes to the iPod line-up in mid-2004 muddied this equation somewhat. On the software side, the replacement of PC-ready MusicMatch with the Windows version of iTunes makes newer iPods even easier to enjoy.

    (left to right, boxes for the 1G iPod, 2G iPod, 3G iPod, and iPod Mini) Original (1G) iPod Included headphones, FireWire cable, iTunes software, AC adapter. Second-Generation (2G) iPod 5GB Mac Version Same as above. PC Version included 4-pin to 6-pin FireWire adapter, MusicMatch software instead of iTunes. 10GB/20GB Versions Same as above plus iPod Remote control and iPod Carrying Case. PC versions included 4-pin to 6-pin FireWire adapter, MusicMatch software instead of iTunes. Third-Generation (3G) iPod 10GB ($299) Version Slightly new headphones, AC adapter, Dock Connector to FireWire cable, 4-pin to 6-pin FireWire adapter, iTunes software for Mac and MusicMatch software for PC*. Initial 15GB ($399)/30GB ($499) Versions Same as above plus Dock, new Remote control, and new Carrying Case. * Refreshed 15GB / 20GB / 40GB iPods include iTunes for both Mac and PC users, refreshed 15GB ($299, M9460LL/A) iPod does not include Dock, Remote control or Carrying Case. iPod mini Headphones, plastic Belt Clip, AC adapter, Dock Connector to FireWire cable, Dock Connector to USB cable, iTunes software for Mac and PC users. Fourth-Generation (4G) iPod Headphones, AC adapter, Dock Connector to FireWire cable, Dock Connector to USB cable, iTunes software for Mac and PC users. 40GB iPod includes a Dock, but neither iPod includes a Remote or Carrying Case, or the older FireWire adapter. iPod photo Headphones, AC adapter, Dock Connector to FireWire cable, Dock Connector to USB cable, iPod photo Dock, AV cable, Carrying Case, iTunes software for Mac and PC users, Apple stickers. iPod U2 Special Edition Headphones, AC adapter, Dock Connector to FireWire cable, Dock Connector to USB cable, iTunes software for Mac and PC users, $50 Coupon for The Complete U2 digital box set.

Historical Growth of iPod and iTunes Sales

    iPod Sales iPod sales were good but not fantastic until around the May 2003 release of the third-generation iPod, which marked a turning point in the sales history of the device. Prior to that release, Apple’s sales were directed initially towards a relatively small audience of Macintosh users, and even when a PC version of the iPod was released, its FireWire-only design limited its appeal to mainstream PC users. It took over a year and a half for Apple to hit the one million mark for iPods sold, but then the third-generation iPod was unveiled in Tokyo. Only six months later, the company had sold its second million iPods. Four months later, aided by the release of the iPod mini, they’d sold another million units of iPod hardware. By late October, aided by the release of the fourth-generation iPod, Apple was up to almost 6 million total units, and an additional 2-4 million units were predicted to be sold by the end of 2004. Importantly, Apple’s sales milestones were achieved despite the continued introduction of cheaper alternatives by Creative, Dell, and iRiver, amongst others. None of these companies’ products appears to have significantly impacted the iPod’s sales growth or undermined its perception as king of the digital music hill. iTunes Music Store Sales Though the history of the iTunes Music Store dates back only a year, there have been two important positive changes in its sales trends. The first was in October of 2003, starting with the release of the PC version of the Music Store. In December 2003, following a flurry of holiday season iPod purchases and media mentions, the second upward tilt began, dramatically accelerating the pace of iTunes Music sales. Apple hit the 100 million song mark in July, 2004, ahead of some expectations (but later than initial Apple predictions), and 150 million by October, 2004, a dramatically increased pace.

Which Countries Have the iPod, iPod mini, and iTunes Music Store?

    iPod Available worldwide from Apple, Apple authorized retailers, and unauthorized retailers. iPod mini Nearly worldwide. As of July, 2004, Apple released the product into almost every geographic region of the world. While several countries have not received the product officially, supplies may be available from importers. iTunes Music Store The service was first available (2003) within the United States, then expanded in June 2004 to the United Kingdom, France and Germany, and then on October 26, 2004 added Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. On December 1, 2004, Canada was added to the list. Negotiations for Australia, New Zealand, Japan and other countries remain underway.

iPod Trivia

    Q: What’s the most expensive official iPod Apple has ever sold to consumers? A: Prior to the release of the iPod photo, the answer was limited edition iPods laser-engraved with the buyer’s choice of four alternatives: the signatures of musicians Beck or Madonna, the logo of band No Doubt, or the signature of pro skateboarder Tony Hawk. Asking price: $49 over the retail price of each iPod, or $548 for the then top-priced 20 GB iPod. The new premium iPod is the 60GB iPod photo, sold for $599. Q: Has the iPod ever sparked a legal controversy outside of the United States? A: Yes, at least three times. The iPod was briefly taken off the market in France in September 2002 when French authorities notified Apple that the device violated a law limiting the sound output of portable devices to 100 decibels. Apple quickly updated the iPod’s software to remedy the problem, and subsequently implemented a volume cap on all iPods shipped to Europe, much to the consternation of users in other countries. In December 2003, the iPod became a lightning rod for controversy after Canadian authorities imposed an additional governmental levy (charge) of CDN$25 per player to compensate artists whose copyrights were being infringed. The $25 charge was substantially lower than earlier proposals of $21 per GB, which would have equaled a $315-$840 additional charge per 15-40 GB iPod - more in some cases than the cost of the iPod itself. Finally, Apple Computer has been sued in the United Kingdom by Apple Corps, holder of The Beatles rights, allegedly for violating an earlier trademark-related agreement whereby Apple Computer agreed not to enter the music business. Q: What’s the most unusual iPod ever sold on eBay? A: A German seller auctioned an iPod that had been 24-karat gold-plated after purchase. Additionally, eBay sellers have auctioned off “pink” iPod minis that Apple accidentally delivered in a shade closer to magenta. Q: Is it true that Oprah spent almost $140,000 on iPods and gave them away? A: In Spring 2003, Oprah named the iPod one of “Oprah’s Favorite Things” as part of her series of product giveaway shows, and gave 15GB ($399) iPods to each member of her 350-person studio audience. If you’re worried that billionaire Oprah had to drop nearly $140,000 of her own cash for the iPods, don’t be: Apple donated them, and Oprah didn’t even know how to use one when it was featured on the show. (When you’re a billionaire, you can afford to hire someone else to program your playlists.) Q: What are the biggest iPod-related giveaways to date? A: The biggest iPod and iTunes giveaways to date have been offered by Pepsi, which offered a two-month “100 million free songs” giveaway (where only 5 million songs were actually given away), and an Australia-only “Win an iPod every hour” campaign with 1,018 15GB iPods available to be won. Q: What musicians have been associated with the iPod? A: Too many to count. After releasing the 10GB iPod, Apple briefly introduced a series of iPod boxes featuring the images of famous musicians: Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis were featured on 10GB iPod boxes, while Bob Marley and Billie Holiday appeared on 5GB iPod boxes. The company has also included the previously mentioned musicians Beck, Madonna and No Doubt in a limited edition engraved iPod campaign, and has included performers such as Alicia Keys in product and service unveilings. Most notably, U2 released a special edition black version of the iPod in partnership with Apple in November, 2004 (announced in late October, 2004). The company plans partnerships with other musicians in the near future. Q: Do the British really love the iPod more than Americans? A: It’s possible. Two early 2004 news stories suggested that British judges, law enforcement officials, and criminals are taking more than a passive interest in Apple’s music players. In February, the Beatles versus Apple case (Apple Corps versus Apple Computer) came before a High Court judge in London, who wondered aloud whether he would need to be disqualified from the bench because he was an iPod owner. In March, England’s second largest police force, the West Midlands Police, warned iPod users to hide their iPods and stop wearing Apple’s packed-in white headphones because of muggings by iPod-hungry street thieves. In both cases, representatives of Apple Computer publicly expressed delight at the iPod’s growing popularity. Q: Can the iPod run anything other than Apple’s own operating system? A: Yes, but not that well. Apple has intentionally prevented outside developers from experimenting with or changing the device’s operating system. In an effort to expand the iPod’s support for music formats other than MP3, AAC, WAV and unprotected WMA, several hackers have used reverse engineering to make the iPod run a stripped down version of Linux, which features limited functionality and as yet no ability to properly play back audio in other formats. Their most visible achievement has been getting the iPod’s title screen to display the face of Tux the Linux penguin. Q: How much media exposure has the iPod received since launch? A: An incredible amount. The iPod has been prominently featured in music videos, television shows, and massive product giveaways, say nothing of thousands of newspaper and magazine articles, and a number of books. Apple’s partnership with the rock band U2 increased both the band’s and the iPod’s profile almost exponentially around the world. Q: How have PC hardware and software competitors responded to Apple’s success with the iPod? A: The responses have been surprisingly mixed, and not entirely negative. Though Creative Labs, Dell, and iRiver have continued to develop and sell competing devices, industry heavyweight Hewlett-Packard in January 2004 halted development of an iPod alternative and opted to license and resell Apple’s product itself. In March 2004, the CEO of RealNetworks (developer of RealAudio and RealVideo standards) made an awkward public plea that Apple introduce iPod support for Real’s standards and competing Music Store, combined with a threat to join Microsoft if Apple didn’t act. Apple declined. Real responded in late July by releasing Harmony, software technology to permit songs sold by Real to play on the iPod. Apple threatened to block Harmony songs from playing on iPods, and accomplished the feat in mid-November, 2004. Q: What’s Apple’s iPod track record with automobile manufacturers? A: To date, Apple has publicly partnered with two European car manufacturers to cross-promote iPods and vehicles. In July of 2003, Volkswagen announced a “Pods Unite” campaign for the 2003 New Beetle, whereby New Beetle purchasers received a custom-engraved (VW logo) iPod and a “VW Connectivity Kit” with free music, an Audible audio book, a coupon, a window sticker, a “VW Music-zine” and what later became known as Belkin’s TuneDok cupholder iPod mount. In June of 2004, BMW announced the “iPod Your BMW” campaign, whereby owners of select BMW vehicles can add a $149 iPod control and power charging system called the BMW iPod Adapter to their cars. Apple promises further vehicle-related announcements in the near future.

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Comments

1

WOW!! great story!!

Posted by Yarin on June 26, 2004 at 11:53 AM (PDT)

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not a whole lot to say other than cool and interesting.

Posted by stefan on June 26, 2004 at 11:58 AM (PDT)

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Nice! smile

Posted by josh on June 26, 2004 at 12:16 PM (PDT)

4

WOW a great insight into the history of this fabulos gadget.

Posted by -i2i- on June 26, 2004 at 12:16 PM (PDT)

5

Cool History Article of one of the best MP3 Portable to date.

Posted by Oliver on June 26, 2004 at 1:23 PM (PDT)

6

Pretty good story but too baised, should of pointed some of the downfalls too.

Posted by michael on June 26, 2004 at 1:30 PM (PDT)

7

Makes me love mine even more!  Great story!

Posted by Eric on June 26, 2004 at 2:44 PM (PDT)

8

Great article, very informative and much needed.  Excellent job.

Audrey
iPodlounge Mod

Posted by honeybee1236 on June 26, 2004 at 3:22 PM (PDT)

9

really nice story

Posted by esra in PA on June 26, 2004 at 3:49 PM (PDT)

10

great article guys. keep up the good work!

Posted by Phillip on June 26, 2004 at 4:11 PM (PDT)

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Great article, just one error:

September 8, 2003
Apple refreshes the third-generation iPod line with higher storage capacities at familiar pricing. The 15GB / 3,700 song ($299) iPod becomes the company’s cheapest, with 20GB / 5,000 song ($399) and 40GB / 10,000 song ($499) versions replacing the smaller units introduced in April. Apple also announces that it has sold 10,000,000 songs through the iTunes Music Store since launch.

Apple didn’t update the 10GB model to 15GB until Steve made his keynote speech at the 2004 conference. Only the 15/30 were upgraded to 20/40 GB models respectively.

Posted by DarkJC on June 26, 2004 at 4:52 PM (PDT)

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they should make an ipod with a rumble pack—u kno, like in the xbox controllers. it would be totally useless, waste battery, but come on people, IT WOULD RUMBLE WEN LOW BASS COMES ON! lol

Posted by laxman2211 in us on June 26, 2004 at 7:19 PM (PDT)

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LAXMAN!!! THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!!! LOL!!!!!! NIIIIICCCEEE!!! :cool:

Posted by Chris on June 26, 2004 at 8:01 PM (PDT)

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that was an AWESOME article. i was just wondering when the 1G and 2G ipods came out and how they changed through the generations. the number of ipods sold the past 3 years is amazing!

Posted by Vicky on June 26, 2004 at 10:05 PM (PDT)

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Nicely written article, with heaps of interesting facts.

That Pepsi competetion in Australia is pretty annoying though; I’ve sent in about 40 labels in the last three weeks, with 18 being sent at 2am in the morning. Nothing. Then a schoolmate wins an iPod on his twelvth label. Bastard.

Posted by Elithrar in Perth, Australia on June 26, 2004 at 10:34 PM (PDT)

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tru elithrar, but da best time i herd is like 7am sunday mornings - ur gonna hav 2 wate till next week tho wink

how many weeks left til it finishes?

Posted by Snowy in Australia on June 26, 2004 at 10:57 PM (PDT)

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DarkJC: You’re entirely correct, and we’ve fixed the error. Thanks for reminding us - ironically we were quite worked up back then because 10GB models started to sell for $249 (sometimes less), the same price as the announced-but-as-yet-unreleased 4GB mini. Amazing how even recent memories can fade. Thanks again, and thanks to everyone else for your comments.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on June 27, 2004 at 12:02 AM (PDT)

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Great info-article about the history of the iPod, although the Linux-on-iPod project has done more that should be respected here, such as the almost realtime playback of Ogg Vorbis files. Also, as Apple really started pushing its advertising campaign from the time of the 3G iPods, it’s surprising how many people don’t know about the 1G and 2G models… I’m a highschool iPod owher with a 2G I got in January 2003, and although now basically everyone at school knows about the iPod, they aren’t aware of the earlier ones…hence I sometimes get the comment of “That’s a fake, isn’t it?” and stuff… X_x

“The reward for conformity was that everyone liked you…except yourself.”

Posted by elynnia on June 27, 2004 at 3:52 AM (PDT)

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I think that the IPod has changed so much over the years. We have went from a down Apple company to a upbeat Apple company doing great. Steve Jobs did a miracle by making the third generation IPods compabatible with ITunes for Windows. I have had so much sucesss with this mixture. The syncing with IEEE 1394 is great. The second generation IPod was also a hit starting to lean toward PDA features. I am still waiting for an IPod with Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi). The PDA features are my second great miracle Steve Jobs brought to IPod. I consider the IPod to just get better and better in history!

Posted by Joese on June 27, 2004 at 4:49 AM (PDT)

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Pepsi comp. finishes on the 11th of July.  I’m going to buy one pretty soon anyway (like, next week), but it would’ve been nice to win one.

Posted by Elithrar in Perth, Australia on June 27, 2004 at 5:38 AM (PDT)

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Posted by suck my wiing wang hoho on June 27, 2004 at 6:30 AM (PDT)

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“October, 2002 - Sensing the appeal of high-capacity music players, Creative releases the Nomad Zen Jukebox as a cheaper but larger competitor to the iPod.”

Not quite…

The first high-capacity drives weren’t from Apple.

1999-10-29
Compaq in Palo Alto releases the PJB, or Personal Juke Box. Some of the people involved in the Compaq project are later involved with PortalPlayer, which designs the iPod’s chipset. The PJB comes in 20 or 6 GB versions.

http://rockbox.haxx.se/playerhistory/pjb100.jpg
http://research.compaq.com/SRC/pjb/

The PJB-100 is licensed to Korean company HanGo Electronics and sold in the US by Remote Solutions.
http://www.pjbox.com/10-26.htm

Specifications:
CPU/DSP: Motorola 56309 DSP
Display: 128x64 b/w lcd
Disk: 6.5 GByte, 2.5”
Ram: 12 MByte
Size: 150x80x26 mm, 280 gram
Interface: USB 1.1

2000-01-05
Creative releases Nomad Jukebox.
http://us.creative.com/corporate/pressroom/releases/welcome.asp?pid=6193
http://rockbox.haxx.se/playerhistory/nomad.jpg

Specifications:
CPU/DSP: ?
Display: 132x64 b/w lcd
Disk: 6 GByte, 2.5”
Ram: 8 MByte
Size: 127x127x38 mm, 397 gram
Interface: USB 1.1

2001-06-29
Archos releases Jukebox 6000
http://www.3dsoundsurge.com/press/pr1088.html

http://rockbox.haxx.se/playerhistory/archos6000.jpg

Specifications:
CPU/DSP: ?
Display: 132x64 b/w lcd
Disk: 6 GByte, 2.5”
Ram: 8 MByte
Size: 127x127x38 mm, 397 gram
Interface: USB 1.1

2001-11-12
Apple releases iPod - first player with 1.8” drives.
http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2001/oct/23ipod.html
http://rockbox.haxx.se/playerhistory/ipod.jpg
Specifications:
CPU/DSP: Texas Instruments TMS320DSC21, Micronas MAS 3587F
Display: 237x234 colour lcd
Disk: 10 GByte, 2.5”
Ram: 16 MByte
Size: 110x78x28 mm, 290 gram
Interface: USB 1.1 (USB 2.0 & Firewire optional)

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It’s interesting to note that the first HD player, the PJB way back in 1999, had a long thin form factor, essentially similar to today’s iPod Mini. It fitted nicely into pockets.

You could argue that Creative fumbled badly by releasing thte Nomad in a “CD Discman”-like form factor. Not so easy for pockets!

Posted by trailblazers on June 27, 2004 at 7:52 AM (PDT)

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trailblazers, most of your specs on the ipod are wrong… last i checked the first ipod wasn’t color, 10gb, 2.5”, 16mb ram, USB interface, any of that really. your size #s are all wrong on the others too.

the article never said ipod was the first to have high capacity… and wtf cares about hango and archos players? the compaq looks as much like ipod mini as a compaq PC looks like a powermac G5 smile

Posted by captain accurate on June 27, 2004 at 12:40 PM (PDT)

24

To the guy who posted the hard drive absed players two posts above me, the iPod does not have a “237x234 colour lcd”.  It is monochrome in al variations as of yet.

Posted by Dragon on June 27, 2004 at 4:50 PM (PDT)

25

Nobody ever said iPod was the first HD player—it was among the first. From the article’s 2nd paragraph:

“Unlike most (but not all) competing digital audio players available at the time, Apple relies on a hard disk for storage”

The success of the iPod (like iTunes in Europe) is in being best, not first. Including ease of use that has never been matched.

(And yes, those specs posted by trailblazer are wrong.)

Historical note… Compaq now sells computers with iTunes, and parent-company HP will be selling iPods smile

Posted by Nagromme on June 27, 2004 at 6:01 PM (PDT)

26

...well it didn’t take long for the flame war to start!

good article btw.

Posted by illa on June 27, 2004 at 7:51 PM (PDT)

27

“Compaq now sells computers with iTunes, and parent-company HP will be selling iPods”

Nobody ever accused HP under Carly of anything approaching intelligence or innovation.

HP: Uninvent!

Posted by Carly on June 27, 2004 at 9:23 PM (PDT)

28

“and wtf cares about hango and archos players”

If you don’t know your past then you can never control your future.

Posted by history repeating on June 27, 2004 at 9:25 PM (PDT)

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The main issue was the article’s listed release date for the Creative Nomad, which was way too late.

Yes, I copied and pasted the specs wrong, They should be as below. You try to do a good turn and all you get is abuse - you people need to lighten up!


2001-10-23
Apple iPod released - first to use 1.8” hard drive.

Specifications:
CPU/DSP: Portalplayer (Dual ARM7 SMP)
Display: 160x128 b/w lcd
Disk: 5 GByte, 1.8”
Ram: 32 MByte
Size: 102x62x20 mm, 184 gram
Interface: Firewire

2001-11-12
Archos Multimedia released. First to use full-color playback and recording of audio *and* video.

CPU/DSP: Texas Instruments TMS320DSC21, Micronas MAS 3587F
Display: 237x234 colour lcd
Disk: 10 GByte, 2.5”
Ram: 16 MByte
Size: 110x78x28 mm, 290 gram
Interface: USB 1.1 (USB 2.0 & Firewire optional)

Posted by specs on June 27, 2004 at 9:31 PM (PDT)

30

cool…. dude!!!

Posted by beplua on June 27, 2004 at 11:36 PM (PDT)

31

Very informative! Excellent story!

Jun
Global Source PDA
http://www.glblsrc.com

Posted by Jun on June 28, 2004 at 3:07 AM (PDT)

32

the date that was listed was accurate for the nomad zen, which was the one creative released as a direct competitor to ipod.

Posted by reader on June 28, 2004 at 6:19 AM (PDT)

33

Correction:

Actually, the second edition of the 3rd generation 15 GB iPod does NOT have a remote nor does it have a docking station or a carrying bag. What it does come with is iPod earphones, FireWire cable, 6-pin-to-4-pin FireWire adapter, AC adapter and CD with iTunes software for Mac and Windows.

Posted by Polkster13 on June 28, 2004 at 6:32 AM (PDT)

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Polkster13: Fair catch - it was actually an omission in the piece, and the article has been amended to add that detail. The first “15 / 30 GB” iPods did include those items, but when Apple refreshed the 10 GB version with the replacement 15, that changed. Thanks, and thanks again to everyone else for your comments!

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on June 28, 2004 at 7:02 AM (PDT)

35

Very nice, congrats!

Posted by James Wong on June 28, 2004 at 8:13 AM (PDT)

36

excellent story but i realy need the dates for the ipod mini when it comes into the uk

Posted by adam on June 28, 2004 at 9:05 AM (PDT)

37

I like the history bits. Looking at the iPod and its ancestors is a way of seeing how and why the iPod does what it does so well. I read the EE Times to follow the key people in Compaq (no more!), Portalplayer, Apple, and SonicBlue (no more!) to see which designers and engineers go where. It’s unsurprising to see how people carry their same great ideas from one company to another, especially when Silicon Valley is such a damn small place!

Here’s a little bit of history. Way back in 1999/2000 SonicBlue released the Rio PMP 300 - an otherwise unremarkable little mp3 player. It had only 32MB built-in, which even then was a joke. Although it had expansion slots, flash RAM was insanely expensive back then so it was pretty much useless. Also, SonicBlue’s implosion due to litigation stemming from their ReplayTV product meant they lost focus.

But the PMP 300 did have one very clever innovation: a jog dial with radial click buttons and an intuitive UI that was miles ahead of most others then. The PMP 300 died in the market but its innovation lived on as the engineers implemented the scroll wheel and then click wheel, along with the same basic song selection UI, for Apple’s iPod.

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00000JBAT.01.MZZZZZZZ.jpg
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00000JBAT.01.PT01.TZZZZZZZ.jpg

The PMP 300 is the Cro-Magnon to the iPod’s Home Sapiens.

I guess that makes the iPod Mini the Homo Superior then? Cue Magneto!

Posted by archeology on June 28, 2004 at 9:38 AM (PDT)

38

Hey that Rio is ugly, but it is black! I wish there was a limited edition black iPod…

Amazon says you can still buy this Rio for $35. Not sure if it’s even worth that, but I do like collecting useless gadgets…

Posted by Ugly Rio on June 28, 2004 at 3:41 PM (PDT)

39

did the rio actually have a jog dial? wasn’t that just a four-way button?

Posted by reader on June 28, 2004 at 4:10 PM (PDT)

40

Did you mention the black ipod?
http://thextype.com/

Posted by Richard Wingfield on June 28, 2004 at 10:34 PM (PDT)

41

I won an Ipod in the Pepsi competition on the first week. I am still waiting for the thing to arrive :( Come on Pepsi, you run a competition and tell winners it will be delivered way within 4 weeks, where is it? I can’t wait to get it.

Posted by Jason on June 29, 2004 at 6:25 AM (PDT)

42

About iPods and cars, what about Smart i-Move limited edition???? Is missing everywhere! Best iPod intregation seen on a car, and it isn’t mentioned within this fabulous article.

!!??

Posted by caramelo on June 29, 2004 at 6:58 AM (PDT)

43

I like cheese

Posted by Beoooooo on June 29, 2004 at 7:21 AM (PDT)

44

The Dashboard Confessional’s Custom Honda Civic has an iPod hooked up to Alpine’s head unit via their iPod Ready Interface Kit (announced Jan 2004.)

Guess BMW was more sexy than Honda, although the interface seems more functional on the Civic than on the BMWs.

Posted by woebeme on June 29, 2004 at 11:11 PM (PDT)

45

HP cancelled plans to design their own digital music player, and instead gained a license from Apple to produce their own version of the iPod, in return for marketing iTunes with hp PC’s.

Factoid:

The CEO behind Realplayer asked (actually, more like begged) Apple to include support for the RealAudio format with the iPod, threatening to join with Microsoft if Apple didn’t oblige.

Apple rejected the offer.

Posted by Elithrar in Perth, Australia on June 30, 2004 at 4:31 AM (PDT)

46

Looks like someone didn’t read the whole piece before posting their factoids

Posted by reader on June 30, 2004 at 5:06 PM (PDT)

47

The black iPod is probably just a Colorware painted iPod, as such, it’s really not that neat, and most importantly, it isn’t a limited edition model from Apple. If you want a colored iPod, black or otherwise, just go to [url=http://www.colorwarepc.com]http://www.colorwarepc.com[/url]. They also do computers and for relatively short money they do create a very unique product.

Posted by rsacer on July 1, 2004 at 2:52 AM (PDT)

48

iPodlounge, please update the sales of iTunes songs, it is up to 95 million as of today (June 2)

Posted by DG on July 1, 2004 at 7:41 PM (PDT)

49

Nice article about the history of the i-pod. It was very informative, and I enjoyed the photos and graphs. The article should have, however, pointed out the negative for those of us who use the windows based version, like unexpected crashes, or freeze ups for no reason. All in all, the pluses outweigh the negatives.

Posted by capricorn on July 2, 2004 at 2:54 AM (PDT)

50

gay angle? I really don’t see how anyone could have started relating ipods to homosexuality. its like relating love with toasters. they are completely different

Posted by finig on July 5, 2004 at 5:57 PM (PDT)

51

brilliant article. and too right the uk has to wait till the 24 of july to get its ipod minis so i’m gettin mine from the US wink its coming saturday. nyway. the only other integration of ipod and car is that of P.Diddy’s signature Sean John Escalade which comes whith an ipod that is connected to the music cystem through a dock.

Posted by jax on July 8, 2004 at 1:32 AM (PDT)

52

cool article, like the pix

Posted by sofran on July 8, 2004 at 3:23 PM (PDT)

53

I have a 3G and I-tunes crashes my computer regularily that shoulb be noted more thoroughly in this site. Please don’t punish PC users becauase we use inferior (but cheaper) computers!

Posted by Scott-Bee on July 9, 2004 at 2:03 PM (PDT)

54

99 million now.

Great article.
And to think I used to frequently visit ipoding.com
This site is the ultimate iPod site. Fantastic design, loads and loads of great content and easy to navigate.
iPodlounge! I salute you!

Posted by Jake on July 10, 2004 at 9:32 AM (PDT)

55

Very cool! i thought the article was interesting. i got my ipod for Christmas and I just love it! It’s awesome!

Posted by Lynne on July 11, 2004 at 11:22 AM (PDT)

56

Very cool! i thought the article was interesting. i got my ipod for Christmas and I just love it! It’s awesome!

Posted by Lynne on July 11, 2004 at 11:22 AM (PDT)

57

You forgot about that VERY limited black iPod that Jaguar(i think- had for new owners.) I remember reading it somewhere about those really limited iPods. If it is not Jaguar, it is some other luxury car manufacturer

Posted by kELVINLeFabuleux on July 27, 2004 at 9:24 AM (PDT)

58

cool! wish they wud bring out a blak iPod, or even betta (well i tink) a iPod dats all white - no silver, just pure white

Posted by reiss on July 29, 2004 at 9:44 AM (PDT)

59

The most expensive iPod was not the artist engraved version, it was the 2G iPod with custom laser engraving it was $49 extra and the 10G iPod was $499.  I slight mistake byt still worth noting. (I can show you my receipt)

Posted by Josh Morrison on August 1, 2004 at 8:44 AM (PDT)

60

Do you think ipod’s should have color screens? So they can play vids and pics, and games, or do you like the ipod as solely as a music player?

Posted by ipodfreak on August 2, 2004 at 6:56 PM (PDT)

61

I didn’t even know there were previous, or shall I say archaic, versions of the iPod. This article was extremely informational, especially since I know the historical background of my newest best-friend, the 4th generation 20GB iPod.

Posted by starjtr on August 3, 2004 at 10:42 PM (PDT)

62

Sick story guys, keep up the good work. Can’t wait to get my 20gb ipod soon.

Posted by ANDREW! on August 4, 2004 at 12:48 AM (PDT)

63

Sick story fellas. kepp up the good work. Cant wait to get my 20GB ipod soon

Posted by ANDREW on August 4, 2004 at 12:56 AM (PDT)

64

my f’n ipod died after one month of uses
what more can I say!

Posted by normal man on August 10, 2004 at 10:25 PM (PDT)

65

thank you so much for the history of the ipod. I had been searching frantically for it after purchasing my own 3G 20G Model and was ecstatic after I found this page.

Posted by anonymous on August 13, 2004 at 3:20 PM (PDT)

66

“In an effort to expand the iPod’s support for music formats other than MP3, AAC, WAV and unprotected WMA, several hackers have used reverse engineering to make the iPod run a stripped down version of Linux, which features limited functionality and as yet no ability to properly play back audio in other formats.”

First, they’re not hackers in the illegal sense, don’t protray them as such. And yes, now it does have audio play back.

“Their most visible achievement has been getting the iPod’s title screen to display the face of Tux the Linux penguin.”

If you know how cool linux is, you would know just how awesome it would be to have even a ‘stripped down’ version on your IPod.

Posted by nighthawk on August 16, 2004 at 3:41 PM (PDT)

67

HELLO iPODERS!
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
I need your expert help.  I am doing my university thesis on the ipod.  And i need to get my hands on some good books to help me.  So far i can only find information on websites.  But this article mentioned that the ipod was feautred, “in a number of book…”  But where are they?!!
Does anyone know of good books?
I am talking about the ipod as a fashion accessorie, and how it has achieved its iconic status..
any ideas or research help would be greatly appreciated.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Posted by jicky on August 17, 2004 at 7:14 AM (PDT)

68

i saw a page on the internet about using WinniePod Updater to change a first gen ipod (mac) to PC version. Is this still possible? My friend just gave me her old mac ipod and i have a PC. What do i need to buy to connect it to my PC laptop to do the conversion?

Posted by eriq on August 29, 2004 at 7:39 PM (PDT)

69

i saw a page on the internet about using WinniePod Updater to change a first gen ipod (mac) to PC version. Is this still possible? My friend just gave me her old mac ipod and i have a PC. What do i need to buy to connect it to my PC laptop to do the conversion?

Posted by eriq on August 29, 2004 at 7:41 PM (PDT)

70

Just to saying that the article is very informative :D. Kudos. But should have talked about the bad things too(IF there is any*shrugs*).

Posted by Huan in MSIA on September 4, 2004 at 9:33 PM (PDT)

71

Should I buy iPod if I hate Windows and always have to format? Also I really like talking about penis but do NOT take it up the ###. I am straight. At least that’s what my boyfriend tells me.

Posted by Edward on September 9, 2004 at 6:47 AM (PDT)

72

i wanna ipod!

Posted by foolio on September 9, 2004 at 11:24 PM (PDT)

73

ipod are cool i have a great 80 gb one and a sony fish head

Posted by anus on October 1, 2004 at 1:22 PM (PDT)

74

ipod are cool go to skool i have a limited addition 100 gb ipod and it purple

Posted by fat pig on October 1, 2004 at 1:24 PM (PDT)

75

no idea, but ipodz rule. THis guides great, only one thats worth it online

Posted by ibookah on October 6, 2004 at 8:16 AM (PDT)

76

that was crap, i wanted info on the ipod and its creator, John Ives… I didn’t need to know about a billionaire giving away $140000 worth of ipods!!! what do i care about that???

Posted by mark johnson on October 26, 2004 at 5:08 AM (PDT)

77

Thanks for this great job.
But i need a little bit shorter essay on this topic, does any one have?

Posted by Alver on December 4, 2004 at 11:27 AM (PDT)

78

Now why, oh why, are we all so fussed over the HISTORY of the ipod. Yes the article was interesting, but next time, can there be an article on the FUTURE of the ipod.

I personally would like to see things such as bluetooth connectivity for headphones and synching, and even crazier third-party accessories for our white little wonders…

Posted by >nATHAN in UK on January 1, 2005 at 1:34 PM (PDT)

79

it would be great if this was kept current and brought up to date

Posted by Aaron Paulley on March 18, 2005 at 12:57 AM (PDT)

80

why isn’t there a linux itunes out there and then you can use ur ipod on the most offordable O/S out there. I had to buy a goddamn Win XP before i got the best mp3 player out there. I’m also surprised a hacked version of itunes labled lintunes or tuxtunes hasn’t come out on the download sites.

Posted by afterburner on June 25, 2005 at 6:20 PM (PDT)

81

LOVE THIS ARTICLE!!!!!!!!! great for me to finish my report on iPods on! =] THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I’ll be sure i’ll get an A+! THXS AGAIN!

Though i think you should make ipod mini’s with more colors: like purple and orange

Posted by Jennifer T on October 31, 2005 at 8:50 PM (PDT)

82

guess what?  time to update smile

Posted by revmonkey on January 2, 2006 at 8:28 PM (PDT)

83

Ya, especially in the iPodLinux area. Now the iPod has more functionality when running Linux than when running Apple’s “iPodOS”.

Posted by clith on January 5, 2006 at 3:25 PM (PDT)

84

P.S. Your registration code is broken. A “+” *is* a valid character to the left of an “@” in an email address.

Posted by clith on January 5, 2006 at 3:25 PM (PDT)

85

Okay, lets get real people.

A few points to consider,

1) Whilst it isn’t bad, the sound quality on the iPod is far from range-topping.

2) What in gods name is the point of having 10,000 songs, when the battery life is between 8~12 hours (confirmed by no less than 8 users).

3) Design-wise apple hit a winner with the iPod, but it has been a victim of its’ own success, now it looks ‘4 years ago’. Changes like the nano are good, but go against the principle of HD players.

4) Soon, solid-state hard-drives are to be easily available, with far higher capacity than before, quicker loading, and access times than ANY HDD, and also far lower power consumption. Could the ‘original’ iPods’ days be numbered?

5) Whilst you may consider Sonys’ MiniDisc to be a flop, you should know first, that it has a much, much higher level of sound quality than any flash/HD-based portable player, due to the ATRAC3 Type-R encoding.

It is also capable of reaching well over 10x the ‘quoted’ playback time of 12 hours for the iPod, and whilst it may not be able to hold anywhere near as much music as one, you can take multiple discs with you, and it is not a chore to change them over. Not only this, it is smaller and lighter than any iPod save for the nano, and has remotes supplied with any model coming close to the price of an iPod, mostly with backlit lcd displays.

It can record from ANY source, in ANY place, at ANY time, and is FULLY editable on the move, with higher sound quality, and in some cases, volume too.(useful for linking it to Hi-Fi systems.)

6)The iPod is no longer king, it has actually been surpassed technologically by things like this:
http://www.audioholics.com/news/pressreleases/DigitalMindDMC8270MP3.php

or the monolith mx-7000 here:

http://www.monolith-europe.com/

or even this:
http://www.archos.com/products/music/gmini_xs_202S/tech_specs.html?country=global&lang=en

and this too;

http://www.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=213&subcategory=214&product=12985&nav=0

7)Basically, there are other alternatives to iPod, which are actually better, but it seems that people are more interested in having an iPod for its image. How many times have you looked around a train, a bus, or whatever, and seen people fiddling with their iPods for no reason than to just make it visible?

It just seems tragic, in the same way that people with the latest phones, or PDA’s or Laptops inherently do the same. This is tantamount to a return to the ‘yuppie culture’ of the 1980’s.

How are the consumer sheep of today any better than the ‘friends’ comparing business cards in ‘American Psycho’?

In fact they are not, its the same all over, if no-one bothers to consider alternatives to iPod, then eventually no serious alternatives WILL exist. The reason Apple have stayed on top this long, is the fact that other firms have nipped at their heels,(and in some cases the jugular!) and forced them to progress fast.

The shock that Apple caused to ALL the competition, by not only releasing the iPod, but the fact it was the best leap forward in available portable audio(since funnily enough, MiniDisc!), made EVERYONE sit up and take notes, notice and leaves from Apples’ book.

If you believe that Apple produce a superior product (the IPod) in every respect, to those that industry giants with far more audio/electronic expertise, produce, you are sorely mistaken, and a victim of a fantastic media machine!

However, well done Apple! Because whilst the days of iPod supremacy might be numbered, you did succeed in creating not just an amazing design(as usual), not even just a competitive one, but producing an inately usable, and practical device for the masses, and then marketing it fantastically well too!!

The bottom line?

Dont buy one because your friend/family member/work colleague/partner has one, buy one because you appreciate the acheivement it signifies. I you don’t or you strive for another form of excellence, then look elsewhere, and see what you have been missing from the competition.

Happy Listening,

Adam Abbey-Ryah

‘‘Free-Thinker of the Masses’’

Posted by krayzeebyker on February 8, 2006 at 7:21 AM (PDT)

86

Any idea what Apple spent to develop the original iPod?

Posted by rboling on March 28, 2006 at 1:18 PM (PDT)

87

Well I’m not a great storyteller xD. Guess I’ll add a bit to this although I don’t have exact dates.

After the 4th Gen photo, we have the 5th Gen Video and also the Ipod Shuffles. Then Apple releases the Nano line.

The first shuffles resemble a pack of sugared gum while the Ipod Video did not change much in size from the photo.

For lack of a better description, the First nano would be considered an “ipod mini on a diet”. Soon thereafter, new shuffles that resemble small pedometers with clips start appearing.


The release of the Iphone was a precursor to the Ipod touch. With the touch came the 6th Generation Ipod classic with a matte finish and slightly curved edges. The Ipod shuffle 3rd gen is released although there really isn’t much difference between 2nd and 3rd gen. The Ipod Nano 3rd gen is released with a similar matte finish of the Ipod Classic but is shorter, stubbier, and smaller. The Nano now plays video.

News update in 1st quarter 2008- The iTMS outsells Walmart’s music store.

Posted by Quick additions on May 9, 2008 at 7:42 AM (PDT)

88

Thankyou so much for this, it will be helpful for my school project ^______^

Posted by Beck on May 13, 2008 at 5:11 PM (PDT)

89

Hi!It’s a wonderful idea to write this but it will be better if you put other things of the ipod such as how it is done why who when you know so please!!
bye

Posted by josefa on June 27, 2008 at 3:01 PM (PDT)

90

That was BRIEF????
lol, it was nice though….

Posted by Hafsa on September 4, 2008 at 8:39 PM (PDT)

91

i purchased a first gen ipod mini in 01 or 02 (I know definitively that it was prior to my 2003 college graduation), so there is no way it was first released in 04.

Posted by kristen on December 3, 2008 at 11:09 AM (PDT)

92

No, the mini definitely arrived in 2004 - we picked one up in Boston in August 2004 only a few months after they were launched.
The 1st gen iPod was launched in 2001 - the mini was some way off in the future then!!

Posted by Bob Levens in UK on December 3, 2008 at 11:44 AM (PDT)

93

nice timeline

Posted by carmen george on February 20, 2009 at 6:22 AM (PDT)

94

Hi Dennis - This is great. Do you have an updated version that you can share? Including changed through 2008/2009.

Thanks.

Posted by Hem on August 16, 2009 at 11:05 PM (PDT)

95

Nice Article I think I like the ipod because of the musicians.

Posted by Paul Lubianker on November 12, 2009 at 9:43 PM (PDT)

96

wow good timeline but i’m sittin here thinkin where’s my ipod nd where’s tha touch but thn i noticed he published this in 2004.

Posted by akire on January 3, 2010 at 3:22 PM (PDT)

97

this is long!

Posted by brianna on January 13, 2010 at 7:03 AM (PDT)

98

This is really helpful! I had an assesment due and this is my lifesaver, literally

Posted by jess_97 on May 29, 2010 at 5:22 PM (PDT)

99

@krayzeebyker,
Not to be an internet troll, but your comment was filled with hate and ill-concealed malice towards the iPod.  It made me reflect on why a human being would spend so much effort and time writing a slander post about one of the top companies in the world on a remote website just to prove a point to no one in particular.  Dude.. no offense but… GET A LIFE.

Posted by CAFE_KID on June 3, 2010 at 11:04 PM (PDT)

100

@CAFE_KID
Some points for you, if you ever read this again, lol.

1) the post was more than 4 years old by the time you commented on it!

2)My comment was not ‘filled with hate and ill-concealed malice towards the iPod’,
my frustration was towards the blind buying doctrine of those who follow the glowing fruit blindly, with no consideration for anything else.

3)Your post is a result of you either not being able to read complete posts, having a lack of comprehension skills, or just being a plain fanboy, in trolls clothing.

4)That is the exact same kind of vociferous defence that all fans of the fruit blurt out. ‘You’re just a hater!’ -In basic terms.

5) I called for people to make a BALANCED judgement when making such purchases, even listing some of the iPods’ benefits.

6)You will also note that almost ALL of the links I then posted, are now either defunct, or outdated.

7)You unfortunately do not know of whom you speak, nor of my own experience with technology, and LIFE.

8)I build professional 3d/Multimedia Workstations and Rendering machines, often costing upwards of 10,000GBP, and know a LOT about MacOS, iOS, Android, Linux, and Windows.

9)I also have an audiophile habit, and keep up to date with the latest tech and trends there too.

10)Did you know about the prevalence of solid-state hard drives, or for that matter (although not prior noted), the existence holographic storage, back in 2006?

11)Did you know that Apple set out to be a pioneer of making things free and open-source, like Linux, or Google, and now remain one of the most secretive, sanctimonius firms in the tech. industry?

I have a life, one which it seems, is more informed than most.

My clients/friends come to me for advice and action on these matters, because they know I will advise them toward, and then in some cases, build them, a product that will serve them best, not because I get a commission from it, but because I build my reputation upon it.

Wake Up!

Unless things change in some drastic manner, expect to see;

)More cores in cpu’s rather than more clockspeed. - Because we are reaching the limits of what silicon is actually capable of.

)Google become a MAJOR player in the software market. - Because even I have lost track of all the pies they have their fingers in.

)and Apple, whom you must remember were bailed out to the tune of $150,000,000, by MICROSOFT, no less, have made critical, almost mortal mistakes in the past, and are capable of doing so again…..

...just as are Samsung, Microsoft, Philips, Motorola, or any other firm…...

Get a life, PAH, if only you knew.

Posted by Krayzeebyker on March 27, 2011 at 4:36 PM (PDT)

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