From Audio to Life: Tracking the Evolution of the iPod

Ipod, Notebook, Pencil, EarphonesLook anywhere and an Apple product will be in your sights. From the classic iPod to the ubiquitous iPhone — people have seen a music player transform into a phone capable of handling the demands of life.

It comes as no surprise why there are technicians who specialise in iPod repair. Given the variety of Apple devices, such as the iPod Touch, Classic, Mini, Shuffle and Nano, there are upgrades in every iPod that make each one unique.

From Music to Everything Else: Looking at the iPod’s History

The iPod began with Steve Jobs wanting to make a device better than the early types of MP3 players. Jon Rubinstein and Tony Fadell, Apple’s hardware expert and an engineer, assembled the prototype using a Toshiba hard drive, a Sony battery and chips from Texas instruments. Apple’s marketing guru, Phil Schiller, thought of the scroll wheel. While Vinnie Chieco, a copywriter, came up with ‘iPod’ as the device’s name as a reference to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

2000 was the year Apple released its iTunes music player software, and in October of 2001, Steve Jobs emphasised how music is a part of everyone’s life in unveiling the first ever iPod. It featured a 5GB hard drive with a 1,000 song capacity — selling for $399. The device initially got a lot of flak for its price.

In 2002, the second generation iPod came out. The device featured 10GB and 20GB sizes and a touch-sensitive wheel, unlike the previous generation’s mechanical wheel. In addition, the iPod was already Windows-compatible.

Apple released the third generation iPod in 2003. It came with a row of buttons and a USB dock for connectivity. Along with this, Apple introduced the iTunes Music Store. In June of the same year, Apple sold the one millionth iPod.

In the years that followed, variants of iPod music players came out as the device rose to meteoric status as a favourite gadget. And it was in 2007 when Steve Jobs delivered the keynote address at the Macworld Conference and introduced the iPhone. The iPhone is an iPod with a larger screen, touch controls and mobile phone capabilities — ‘a breakthrough internet communicator’.

This was the beginning of how the iPod, a portable music player, turned into a device enabling daily use and easing life.