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It is the 15th anniversary of iPod

Apple iPod ( 1st generation )

It is the 15th anniversary of iPod

Nowadays, Apple is being recognized by iPhones and iPads. However, it was not like this in the past. Before the first iPhone, Apple’s “breakthrough device” was the iPod, which just turned fifteen as of today.

Exactly, fifteen years ago, Steve jobs walked to the stage to introduce the first ever iPod. Even though throughout the years, there have been many chances in the iPod family, it changed the music industry.

When it was introduced, it was neither the thinnest nor the one with the most storage, but it had one goal; to simplify the music players. As a result, iPod changed the way we listen music.

And, here is the illustrated history of iPods since 2001. However, before that, let’s talk about iTunes.


Apple iTunes 

Months before the iPod, Apple released the iTunes, a music software based on SoundJam Music player, bought by Apple in 2000.

Even though it lacked many features, it was easy to use thanks to its simple user interface. After 16 years, it reached to a variety of new platforms and became more than a music player. Despite its music library from where you can buy songs or listen them with Apple Music, iTunes also provides podcasts, TV Shows and movies.

Apple iTunes ( 2000 )


Apple iPod ( first generation )

It is the device that moved Apple to the mobile industry. Described as a “breakthrough digital device” by Steve Jobs, it really changed the music players.

First generation iPod had a 5GB of storage allowing you to store 1,000 songs with a FireWire port to sync the files. Costing $399, it used a physical rotating wheel.

First generation iPod


Apple iPod ( second generation ) 


The second version didn’t have major changes, but was an improved version of the first one, which, by the way, sold 600.000 within a year. The second generation looked very similar to the first one, but used a touch-sensitive wheel instead. Besides, Apple doubled the base storage to the 10GB, and even provided a more expensive version with total of 20GB.

Furthermore, it was the first time iPods started to be windows-compatible.


Apple iPod  ( third generation ) with Music Store


Two years after the first iPod, Apple announced the third generation with a new design. It was thinner and lighter and yet, it could hold up to 7,500 songs. But, for some reason, Apple moved the media buttons above the scroll wheel as touch sensitive buttons, making a departure from the iconic iPod design. The other change was the addition of 30-pin connector, which would later be used in nearly every Apple mobile device until 2012.

Apple iPod ( 3rd generation )

During the same year, Apple also launched the “iTunes Music Store” where they provide 200,000 songs for 99¢ each.


Apple iPod Mini

It was the smaller version of the regular model. It costed less and it only provided a storage choice of either 4 or 6GB, but it came in different colors, and more importantly, it was the first iPod to use Apple’s new “click wheel”. The new wheel combined the controller with touch-sensitive scroll wheel.

Apple iPod Mini

Apple iPod ( forth generation )

Fifth generation iPod was announced few months after the mini model. It was using the “click wheel” as well, but provided more storage than the mini. At first, it was available with a black and white screen, but then, Apple provided the Photo model with colored screen.

Apple iPod ( 4th generation )


Apple iPod Shuffle

Shuffle was a choice for people who didn’t want to spend few hundred dollars to a music player. Lacking a display, it was way more smaller than the regular models. Even though it had a new faster flash storage, its memory capacity was even lower than the first generation iPod at either 512MB or 1GB.

Apple iPod Shuffle

Apple iPod Nano

It was a replacement for the Mini. Nano was smaller and thinner than the Mini with a colorful screen and 2GB or 4GB of storage. It was available in black and white.

Even though people that Steve Jobs’ this move, killing the mini line in favor of nano, was crazy, Nano happened to be even more successful.

Apple iPod Nano

Apple iPod ( fifth generation )

It was the third iPod announced in 2005. Like the Nano, it came in white and black, but it had a more storage with a wider display. That is because Apple started to be interested in videos and it was when they added tv shows and music videos to the iTunes Store alongside to the musics.

Apple iPod ( 5th generation )


Apple iPod Nano ( second generation )

Following the iPod Mini’s steps, Apple added new colors to the Nano family with the second generation new aluminum body. Besides, it was narrower than the first generation.

Apple iPod Nano ( 2nd generation )


Apple iPod Touch

Following the announcement of the first iPhone, Apple released the first generation iPod Touch. It provided a similar iOS experiment, but it couldn’t be used as a phone as it didn’t have a sim card slot. Apple iPod Touch was a sign that Apple wanted iPods to be an entertainment devices rather than being only music players.

Apple iPod Touch ( 1st generation )

Apple iPod Classic

It was the last iPod to use the iconic design of the regular models. Even though it didn’t have most of the features of the Touch, it came with massive storage of 160GB, making it the iPod with highest capacity.

Apple iPod Classic

Apple iPod Nano ( third generation ) 

Third generation Nano had a bigger body with a wider crisper screen. Again, Apple was trying to make iPods more than a devices with which you could listen musics.


Apple iPod Touch ( second generation ) 

The second generation Apple Touch was thinner thanks to its curved chrome back. Furthermore, you could adjust the volume with the new physical buttons and listen music even without a headphone thanks to the new built-in speaker.


Apple iPod Nano ( forth generation )

With the forth generation Nano, Apple got back to the second generation’s narrower screen. However, as they wanted the Nano to be able to show videos, they added an accelerometer allowing users to hold the Nano horizontally to watch videos.


Apple iPod Touch ( third generation ) 

It looked same as the last generation, but, it was faster than before.


Apple iPod Nano ( fifth generation )

Nano was yet another iPod updated in 2009. Like the third generation Touch, it was very similar to the last generation in terms of design. However, there were many internal changes. Being offered in two sizes, 8 and 16GB, Nano had a larger screen with a new speaker and FM tuner. Besides, you could record videos with its new camera.

Apple iPod Nano ( 5th generation )

Apple iPod Shuffle ( third generation ) 

New iPod Shuffle was even thinner, but it didn’t have any hardware controls. You were relying on the buttons of your headphone. With the third generation, Shuffle could say the name of the song, artists or playlist to you with the newly announced VoiceOver technology.


Apple iPod Touch ( forth generation ) 

Even though the second generation iPod Touch came with a new design, the third one was all about a new processor. Forth generation, on the other hand, was introduced with a new design offering a front and rear camera for FaceTime calls.

Apple iPod Touch ( 4th generation )

Apple iPod Shuffle ( forth generation ) 

Third generation shuffle was a weird device. Although it was small, it was not very useful as it didn’t have any buttons at all. However, Apple brought back the buttons with the forth version.

Apple iPod Shuffle ( 4th generation )


Apple iPod Touch ( fifth generation )

Fifth generation iPod Touch replaced the chrome back of the last generation iPod with a brushed colorful metal. This way, the back was more resistant to the scratches.


Apple iPod Nano ( seventh generation ) 

The current Nano. Even though it has a touchscreen with apps, it lacks many features of the iOS.

Apple iPod Nano ( 7th generation )


Apple iPod Touch ( sixth generation )

Using the same design with 2012’s Touch, it is being powered by iPhone 6’s Apple A8.

Apple iPod Touch ( 6th generation )

Via | TheVerge

Jack Goodman

Founder & CEO of BrightTitan

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