The ’00s and the iPod

Ten years gone – almost as good as Ten Years After – and here we are at the end of another decade.

Where did the time go?  Dunno.  But I do know that things from this perspective look nothing like they did when the decade began.

And in the gadget world that the ’00s stimulated, nothing can top the iconic iPod as the go-to device that best represents the technological progress of the last ten years.

Or did you already forget that when this decade started, iPods were nothing more than an Apple in Steve Jobs’ eye?

The original, classic iPod - released in October 2001

NPR’s Morning Edition has a great feature today on The IPod: ‘A Quantum Leap In Listening’, which offers up some great perspective on where we were in 2001 when the device was introduced and what it has meant since. 

Steve Jobs himself – in a statement that sounds quaint now – said at the time, “To have your whole music library with you at all times is a quantum leap in listening to music.”

Well, yes, the hardware and software revolution created by the iPod was a quantum leap, indeed.  And 225 million units later, despite bigger, badder, and better models that have pushed the iPod to the side, its impact on the music industry remains virtually unprecedented in modern times.

And with a birthdate in the decade that people love to hate, it’s refreshing to note that there is always some sunshine among the clouds.  Especially for music fans who appreciate having their entire catalog at their fingertips at all times.

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~ by acm213 on December 22, 2009.

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