The Pocket Device that Changed Everything

To commemorate the device that revolutionized the way people listen to music, we celebrate National iPod Day. The first iPod was released on October 23, 2001. When it was first released, there was much skepticism which would be proven wrong. Before the iPod people used MP3 players, which only held a few songs while the first iPod would have a storage of 5 GB. Another form of listening to music people used was the Sony Walkman. With the Walkman, one had to carry around many cassettes to listen to a variety of music, while the first iPod was the equivalent size of one cassette tape.

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The iPod ultimately revolutionized the way people listen to and download music. Before the iPod, to download one CD onto an MP3 player one had to drag music files into a folder and wait several minutes. With iPod’s Fire Wire, which allowed things to be downloaded quicker, a CD could be downloaded in a matter of 10 seconds and 1,000 songs in 10 minutes. The revolution of music-listening was in part due to iTunes, which was released in January 2001. iTunes allowed listeners to download and sync their music quicker than ever before. The iPod allowed for a person to carry around multiple albums in one small pocket device that had large capacity and battery life, changing the habits of music-listening forever.

Kirk McElhearn, for Macworld said, “The importance of the iPod is therefore not only the device, but the entire eco system. From iTunes on computer to iCloud the iPod is one link in a chain that brings music to your ears.”

Now, the iPod evolved into an iPhone and iPad; although sales of iPods are low, consumers are now turning to these other devices that still carry the essence of the original iPod. The classic iPod for example held 32 times more storage than the original iPod. Another advancement that has revolutionized music even further is the possibility of now downloading music directly to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod through iTunes. It is no doubt that the iPod revolutionized the way we listen to and download music. To commemorate this historical device, do not forget to catch the “Steve Jobs” movie starring Michael Fassbender, in theaters everywhere on October 23.

Who knows what will be the next device that revolutionizes the way we listen to music now; the possibilities are endless.

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