RIP Apple iPod (2001-2022): Why it can never be forgotten – Times of India

More than 20 years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPod. Jobs in his own inimitable style went on to introduce a rather tiny looking gadget and perhaps changed the world like never before. The launch of the iPad in 20011 changed — not just the way you used music — but also started a deep connection with personal technology and gadgets. The iPod bought music everywhere but it also c…….

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More than 20 years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPod. Jobs in his own inimitable style went on to introduce a rather tiny looking gadget and perhaps changed the world like never before. The launch of the iPad in 20011 changed — not just the way you used music — but also started a deep connection with personal technology and gadgets. The iPod bought music everywhere but it also created the habit — good or bad that depending on your perspective — of not stepping out with a gadget. Now that Apple has officially discontinued the iPod, it is fair to say that it truly is the end of an era.


The iPod was the start of Apple 2.0

The calendar era in the world has been divided into Anno Domini (AD) and Before Christ (BC). The era of new tech — and more so for Apple —can similarly be divided into AI and BI: After iPod and Before iPod. The iPod was the start of a new era for Apple. It won’t be inaccurate to say that perhaps if there was no iPod then you wouldn’t have seen an iPhone. It is something that Jobs also hinted at when he unveiled the first iPhone to the world in 2007. He said about the iPhone— not once, but twice — “an iPod, a phone and an internet communicator” while the audience broke into raptures. The iPod was also named one of the many things that inspired the birth of the iPhone.
In true Apple style, the iPod wasn’t the first digital player. But it was a first if its kind, never-seen-before gadget. Music — or MP3 players — were around before the iPod came along but they weren’t “cool”. The promise of a “1000 songs in your pocket” made the iPod not just cool and trendy but also one of the first iconic new tech products. The iPod — for many — was also the first gadget they ever bought. That personal connection that people have with gadgets now wasn’t there till the iPod came along. It was THE accessory to have and it was truly a great product.

Now one might argue that The Walkman was the first gadget to give a sense of companionship. Here’s the thing though about The Walkman— it was high on utility but it could be infuriating. The batteries were always running out, the headphones – cheap ones – would give terrible sound quality and the whole deal with audio cassettes had become cumbersome. After rewinding or forwarding songs multiple times, the tape invariably got stuck and ruined the mechanism. The iPod redefined and changed everything about listening to music on the go.
That’s why it helped Apple fill its coffers as well. In 2007, it was reported that 48% of Apple’s $7.1 billion quarterly revenue came from the iPod. In 2006-07, according to Statista, iPod’s contribution to Apple’s total …….

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/gadgets-news/rip-apple-ipod-2001-2022-why-it-can-never-be-forgotten/articleshow/91484709.cms

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