Ten years ago today, Apple launched the iPod. Flooding the company with cash, the iPod enabled Apple to gallantly expand its retail stores, market its brand more succinctly, and dream themselves into new markets. The first Apple product I purchased was a third generation, 20GB iPod. You know, the one everyone called ugly and awkward. It had four backlit buttons above its wheel, a backlit screen, and six or so hours of battery life. I spent $499 on that thing at my local Best Buy. (My parents were livid knowing this was how I chose to spend my money.) After its headphone jack busted, this iPod quickly introduced me to Apple Retail. The technician did something I had never seen before, he took the iPod to the back of the store and returned with a new unit for me. No questions asked. This contrasted heavily to a malfunctioning Sony camera I recently had to ship off for six weeks! Not only was I sold on small MP3 players, but I instantly became a promoter of the entire Apple brand. With an iPod in my pocket, I felt like I had a front row seat in the Apple revolution. The second time I had that feeling was when I was working for Apple in the summer of 2007. They had just given all full-time employees an iPhone. Riding Chicago public transit with my iPhone, I overheard a kid say to his mom, "That man just made a phone call with his iPod!" He wasn't completely mistaken. Right now, I probably have five iPods floating around the house. Two function as white noise machines in my daughters' rooms. An iPod shuffle keeps me company when I mow the lawn. A couple more are just lounging in drawers throughout the house. With the advent of iPhone and iPad, I'll probably never buy another iPod again. And, given the growing decline of iPod sales, it looks like the rest of the nation feels the same way. Despite the iPod's growing irrelevance, I still use an accessory which came with my first iPod. The dock. Just about every day, my iPhone gets charged and synced to my Mac through this dock. Before I knew the name Steve Jobs, I owned an iPod. It was the gateway drug which led me into my first full-time gig outside of college: Apple Retail. Which of course was my launchpad for the Mac Instructor. Thanks for the past ten years, iPod. (via Mac Rumors)
I am an Apple Certified Support Professional with over a decade of experience supporting families, schools, and businesses. Tech has always captured my imagination, but it's not my only passion. I'm an ordained Anglican minister; Aeropress is a daily ritual of mine; I've driven across Mongolia; and I'm the father of three girls. I hope to provide for you a balanced and realistic perspective into the practicality of technology.