The legendary Apple iPod is celebrating 20 years. On October 23, 2001, Steve Jobs introduced him as an mp3 player capable of playing songs in CD quality. The main benefit, however, was that its 5GB hard drive could hold up to 1,000 songs, which was far from common at the time. Thanks to that, she was able to have her entire music library in her pocket anywhere on the road.
From the beginning, in addition to Mp3, the player also supported WAV and AIFF formats and also connected via a FireWire connector. He was surprised by the fast data transfer at the time, but also by the fact that he was able to charge while recording in stock. The endurance was up to 10 hours of music playback.
The device came on the market during the boom of mp3 players, but it was its high memory capacity, compact size and quality of music from the iPod that made a bestseller at that time. From the very beginning, it supported mp3 with a bit rate of 320 kbps. Today, we might be able to fold the nose beyond its dimensions of 102 × 62 × 20 mm and weight of 185 grams, but it should be remembered that due to the size of the disk, it was a really compact device at the time.
So it didn’t take long for the iPod to become the world’s best-selling music player, with sales of millions, rising to tens of millions in the years to come. The product marked an entirely new start for Apple, which had a very difficult period at the time and created its own category, which over the years expanded to more lines: classic, mini, nano, shuffle or touch. Thanks to the iPod, iTunes was also created, which 2 years later expanded to include the iTunes Store, which played a key role in the sale and distribution of digital music.
This is how Steve Jobs introduced the first iPod 20 years ago: