Rob Walker for the New York Times Magazine has written an extensive article (6 web pages) on all things iPod – past and present. The article touches on the cult of iPod, the design – inside and out with Apple’s Jonathan Ives, the system, the competition, comments from Steve Jobs and more.
NYTimes: The Guts of a New Machine
“Two years ago this month, Apple Computer released a small, sleek-looking device it called the iPod. A digital music player, it weighed just 6.5 ounces and held about 1,000 songs. There were small MP3 players around at the time, and there were players that could hold a lot of music. But if the crucial equation is ‘‘largest number of songs’’ divided by ‘‘smallest physical space,’’ the iPod seemed untouchable.”