iPod’s 15th Birthday →

ipod_first_gen-0Three days ago, the iPod turned 15. Chaim Gartenberg of The Verge looked back at some highlights in the history of the iconic MP3 player:

Fifteen years ago today, on October 23rd, 2001, Steve Jobs stood up on stage and announced the original iPod. Since that day, the iPod has changed the way people buy and listen to music, sold millions of devices, and laid the foundation for the powerhouses that Apple has had with the iPhone and iPad.

And while the classic iPod design was finally retired two years ago, and the remaining members of the iPod line are less important to Apple’s strategy today than they were years ago, it’s still an integral part of history, both for the company and the larger tech industry.

Mine is a black iPod nano 5th generation. Although it’s now kept inside my cabinet, I have to admit, I’m still thrilled whenever I touch and play music with it. And yes, I still check and use it once in a while. With care.