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The iPods are taking over?
December 20, 2008, 7:14 pm
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The iPod. 

A revolutionary piece of technology. 

The product was developed in less than one year and unveiled on 23 October 2001.  With the first one having a 5GB hard-drive that put “1,000 songs in your pocket.”  Many people weren’t keen on this new technology as the price tag was high and it was only compatible with the mac system, but as they updated the systems and added new technology to it more and more people became interested and because of this the price came down and they then made the iPod compatible with Windows.

So we had the first generation iPod enabling users to have 1,000 songs in their pocket, the second generation enabling Windows users use of the new technology, now onto the third generation.  Apple added buttons to the iPod, a docking connector and the use of a USB connection.

The iTunes Music Store (iTMS) was announced in the summer of 2003 and opened days later.  Now, the iPod had a fully legal supply of content, and made it easier for Apple to rationalize cutting the price of the iPod now that it had another revenues source.

Next came the iPod mini, the mini was based on a Hitachi drive the same size of the new Toshiba drive, and it had a capacity of 4 GB.  In homage to the iMac, the mini was available in five different colors: blue, green, pink, silver, and gold.  Because of its size, the controls of the iPod had to be rearranged to fit on the mini.  The function buttons were moved to the scroll wheel.  A second generation iPod mini was introduced in February 2005 with a new chipset, much longer battery life (18 hours vs. 8 hours), and a 6 GB version was added.  The unpopular gold finish was discontinued.


In September 2004, two rumors emerged from Cupertino.  The first revolved around Apple stockpiling small, color LCD panels.  The entire industry speculated that Apple would release a PDA or video iPod.  The second was based on quantity flash memory purchases Apple made in large capacities (the hard drive-based iPod used only 32 MB of flash memory).  Both rumors proved somewhat correct – Apple released the color iPod photo in October, and the iPod shuffle followed in January 2005.

The iPod photo was identical to an ordinary iPod, but it had a larger battery and more hard drive capacity in addition to a color display.  The device did not play movies, but users could browse photo albums. It also showed album covers for songs while they played.

Next came the iPod shuffle. 

“Contradicting an earlier statement made by Jobs scoffing at the flash-based MP3 market, Apple released its first flash-based MP3 player on January 11, 2005.  The new player was the size of a pack of gum and cost for $99 (for the 512 MB version).  This made it a great value among MP3 players, with most comparably priced players providing half the capacity.

In order to keep the price of the device down, Apple scrapped the scroll wheel and LCD display.  Without that interface, Apple hyped the device’s shuffle mode.”


The iPod nano, introduced in September 2005, was designed in a little less than a year as the successor to the iPod mini – and it’s tiny!  It was designed to mimic the look of hard drive-based players, but it’s quite different on the inside.  It utilizes high capacity flash memory for its file storage, and it has a brand new scroll wheel manufactured by Apple. 

After the release of the nano, the mini and the shuffle iPod had a bit of an overhaul.  They brought out new colours more memory and revamps of their already thriving stock but then came the big one.

The iPhone. 

Another aspect of the iPod craze are the cool adverts that they bring out with every new model that they launch.  You can always tell an iPod advert apart from the rest because of their sleek designs and bright colours with their catchy music over the top. 

As well as the catchy adverts on the television Apple also have visualy stunning posters and billboards as well. 



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