The Complete History of the iPod: From 2001 to 2022

Xiaobai Software  2022-05-17 18: 24  read 204 views

According to official sources, after more than 20 years, Apple has decided to letiPodretire.Apple has stopped production of most versions of the MP3 player over the past few years, but from 2022, production of the remaining models will also cease.

reviewiPodhistory, you can see how deeply Apple has been influenced by the success of its music players, as has the rest of the world.Let's take a look at this history and remember the iPod - from the beginning in 2001 to the last days in 2022.

2001-2003: The first iPod



The first iPod set the standard for what would eventually become known as the iPod Classic Series.These iPods are oblong with a square screen with a scroll wheel and central selection button for navigating the device.The original iPod also had buttons around the scroll wheel instead of being integrated with the scroll wheel like later models.The extra buttons will continue until 2004, with the development of the touch click wheel and the iPod mini.

The iPod commercials at this time promoted as much about the song as the iPod itself.Against a bright background, black figures dance with white iPods and songs play.These ads eventually became the iPod's signature product.

By 2003, the iPod had a whopping 40GB of storage, happily coinciding with the release of the iTunes store and the need for more song storage. iTunes has existed as a media player since 1999, but the iTunes store opened on April 2003, 4.It's the only legal digital catalog of all major labels, and you can buy albums in MP28 form, as well as singles for $3 each.

2004–2005: The iPod gets smaller


In 2001, the iPod was always pretty small compared to other MP3 players.But that didn't stop Apple from making it smaller. The iPod mini was released on February 2004, 2, and it weighed 20 ounces; almost half the weight of the first-generation iPod.Like the earliest iMac models, the iPod mini comes in several colors.But its storage is relatively small at 3.6GB.If it weren't for the more popular iPod nano, that might have changed, leading to the mini's discontinuation.

iPod nano于2005年9月7日发布,尺寸为1.6 x 3.5 x 0.27英寸,重量仅为1.5盎司。它有几种颜色,发布时有1GB、2GB和4GB的容量。2006年,它的容量将达到8GB。


In 2005, another small iPod was also announced and released - the iPod shuffle. The 0.78-ounce shuffle has no screen and only has 512MB or 1GB of storage (2008GB starting in 2). Shuffle is cheaper than nano, but it's more difficult to drive.It has no screen, and users can only use the forward and back buttons to move through the internal song list.

Shuffle also doesn't support playlists, instead allowing users to play songs in the order they were uploaded, or in a random "shuffled" order.So users are trading the number of songs they can listen to for size and travel convenience.For many, this is a worthwhile sacrifice.However, the iPod's ability to support media other than music will complicate that choice for years to come.

2005-2006: Don't just listen, you can watch your iPod


In 2004, Apple released the iPod photo, an iPod with an LCD screen that could hold and display photos. On October 2005, 10, Apple announced an iPod that could also play video. iPod Video has a smaller click wheel to allow for more screen real estate.It could reach 12GB when it was first released, and the next generation has reached 60GB, with longer video playback time.

You can put your own videos on your iPod video, or you can buy and download TV shows and movies from iTunes to put on the device.Over the next few years, digital buying of TV shows and movies seriously transformed media consumption and kept the iPod incredibly relevant for a long time.But Apple will change its game again with the release of the iPhone, and the iPod will change with it.

2007-2008: The iPod gets a touch screen


The launch of the iPhone in August 2007 came after years of breakthroughs and firsts in smartphones, but arguably it was the smartphone that made the smartphone a ubiquitous part of everyday life. The iPhone also helped create the iPod touch. Released in September 8, the iPod touch, like the iPhone, had a large touchscreen, plus a home button.

Like the iPhone, the iPod touch has Wi-Fi access to the Internet, allowing people to stream videos and music, as well as download them to the device.People can also play the same games on both devices and use most of the same apps, including messaging apps, on both devices.

The main difference between the iPhone and the iPod touch is that the Touch can't connect to cellular data, and it doesn't have a camera like the iPhone.Due to the lack of these features, the iPod touch is a bit cheaper than the iPhone, so it's a great option for people who want some of the iPhone features but don't need a full-fledged smartphone.

The release of the iPod touch gave generations of iPods based on the first-generation iPod design the iPod classic name, not just the iPod.It also saw several generations of the iPod nano have touchscreens.

2009-2013: Play with shape and function


Over the next few years, Apple made some shape changes to the iPod nano, but not many fundamental changes to the iPod classic or iPod touch.

In September 2010, the fifth-generation iPod Nano, arguably the predecessor of the Apple Watch, was released.The iPod is a small square with a touchscreen and a clip on the back that allows users to clip it to themselves, or to a watch strap.The screen displays the time first when tapped, making it both an iPod and a digital timer.

In 2010, the iPod touch also had a camera, allowing it to make FaceTime calls just like the iPhone.

In addition to this, battery life has been improved on most iPod models, and storage capacity has been increased across the board.Most iPods have added VoiceOver, and some models also include voice control.Some iPods can be connected to the FM radio band for live music.

However, the iPod is essentially the same.They are digital music players with some features on them.Perhaps this relative stagnation is a sign of something to come, the end of the iPod.

2014-2022: The last chapter of the iPod


Apple announced in 2014 that it would stop making the iPod classic. In 2017, similar announcements were made for the iPod nano and iPod shuffle. The iPod touch is still in production, but it hasn't been updated between the sixth-generation touch release in July 2015 and the seventh-generation release in May 7.

The seventh-generation iPod touch will be the last iPod ever produced by Apple.It is powered by an A10 processor and has a 256GB storage option.Unlike modern iPhones, which don't have a headphone jack, it also has a 3.5mm headphone jack.However, three years later, in May 2022, Apple announced that it would also stop making the iPod touch.As of this writing, iPods are available for purchase from Apple, but only until supplies run out.

Given that many people are now wondering what to do with their old iPods instead of buying them, Apple's decision to stop making iPods isn't a surprise.It's worth noting that such a popular device has failed in a relatively short period of time.

The end of an era

The iPod went from an absolute must-have device to basically meaningless in just 20 years.In many ways, the iPod is responsible for the way we now tend to consume music, and the boom in buying digital media.These innovations opened the way for streaming platforms, where the iPod, sadly, couldn't keep up.It ushered in an era where it couldn't compete.

So when we said goodbye to the iPod, we knew that Apple was right to let it go, but we knew that without the iPod, so much of the technology we love wouldn't exist.So thank you, iPod -- we can't imagine the world without you.


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