iPod – History of the Top Ranking Portable Music Player of the Decadeby Sushant Bhosale July 29, 2013 0 comments
Synonymous with the much needed portable media players, iPod was launched by Apple in the year 2001 and is quite popular even today considering its multiple ranges and the seventh generation iPod being available today. You can go through its poplar versions – sleek iPod Shuffle, compact sized iPod Nano, touchscreen iPod Touch and iPod Classic which is hard drive based.
Apple first launched the iPod in two variants viz. 5 GB and 10GB in the year 2001 followed by the 2G iPod which was available in two variants 10GB and 20GB and was touch sensitive and equipped with a navigation wheel. The Docking iPod was made available in June 2002 which had 30-pin dock connector, navigation buttons, expanded memory and was available in various variants ranging from 10GB, 15 GB to 40 GB. Over the years, the distinctly improved sixth generation iPod Classic (memory capacity – 80/120/160 GB) is available with expandable memory, aluminum casing and in two colour options viz. black or silver.
The iPod Mini arrived in the market in early 2004 and was available in silver, gold, green, pink and blue with a memory capacity of 4GB while the 2G iPod mini was available with 4GB or 8 GB capacity for a period of just over a year from February 2005 to August 2006.
The year 2006 saw the launch of iPod Nano which was available in black or white initially while its second generation was available in multiple colours with varying memory capacity ranging from 2GB to 8GB. The third generation iPod Nano played videos, was equipped with memory capacity of 4GB and was available only in silver, while the 8GB memory capacity model was made available in multiple colours. The consecutive iPod Nanos witnessed a series of improvements and were offered with 8GB/16GB memory capacity options. Currently, the seventh generation iPod Nano is equipped with larger screen, Video playback, Bluetooth, FM radio and other enhancements.
September 2005 marked the launch of the iPod Shuffle equipped with flash memory of capacity 512MB/1GB. The following generations of iPod Shuffle showed massive improvements with regards to its shape, enhanced memory capacity and were made available in multiple colours. Today, the fourth generation iPod Shuffle is though small in size carries a navigation wheel and works on VoiceOver command option too, available in trendy colours such as black, silver, purple, red, yellow, green and blue. The 4G iPod shuffle is one of the best pieces of portable music players ever designed and is very much in demand even today.
Making the mark with its intuitive touch feature, Apple introduced iPod Touch – 8GB in the year September 2007 which had a multi touch screen and Wi-Fi capability while its second generation model had chrome back and fitted with built-in speakers available in various memory capacities ranging from 8GB to 64GB. With successive improvements over the years, the fifth generation iPod Touch (16GB/32GB/64) is a marvelous piece which offers an expanded screen, SIRI voice command, 3 speakers, better headphones, and lighting connector. Available in multiple colours such as black, white, blue, pink, yellow, 5G iPod Touch is sure to be very popular amongst the die-hard music lovers.
Trendy colours, intuitive user interface, decent memory capacities and even sleek shaped and compact sized, the iPod and its entire related range has become one of the most coveted assets of music lovers apart from mobile phones and gizmos. Apple Inc. has hit at it once again by delivering a masterpiece gadget which gets even better over the passage of time. Hopefully, it should be around for the next decade or so for we wish to dedicate yet another blog to it.