Music from your pocket (2001)

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Monday, 23 October 2017

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Imagine a device. A device with a screen thatís 4,2 centimetres wide and 3,3 tall. It can store 5 GB of data and has 10 hours of battery life. It costs 300 US dollars. Oh, and it can only play music. If you combine all of these you will get the first iPod. Released this day in the year 2001.

Leader of the pack
The iPod wasnít the first mp3 player. In the year 1998 the first mp3 player was released. It could hold about 8 songs and was the size of a Discman. More portable devices became available in the year 2000. The player i2Go Ego could fit in your pocket easily and store 2GB worth of songs. Just one downside , it cost $2000.

Needless to say, by the year 2001 there was no big market for the mp3 player. Not many players where worth the money compared to its storage. But all of that was about to change. Apple released something new: The iPod. Much user friendly than all its competitors and the price/storage ratio was worth it.

Industrial impact
The first iPod had a huge impact on the music industry. It set new standards for mp3 players. Some producers altered their products to work better with the iPod format. iPod also got credited for speeding up the end of the album era.

360 trivial fact
Even vacuum cleaners jumped on the iPod hit. With the Electrolux UltraSilencer having its own iPod dock.


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