Tate Klidonas    

Professor Pomposelli

CS 110

13 December 2010

Evolution of the iPod

The evolution of the Apple iPod seems as if it occurred overnight.  iPods have drastically changed the media player industry in the past several years.  Innovators have been continuously enhancing the music-listening experience with several new updates.  In the past few years, Apple has taken command of the mp3 player industry with their iPod line.  Apple has met the consumers’ needs and has increased their sales tremendously since the first iPod was released.  The iPod has evolved from just a music player to a full-fledged entertainment device that can keep its owner busy for hours.  

The first generation iPod Classic was released October 23, 2001 and had the holding capacity of 5 GB or 1,000 songs.  It was literally “1,000 songs in your pocket”.  The starting price for this high-tech piece of equipment was $399.  The second and third generation iPods were released in the upcoming years and now had as much storage as 40 GB.  The fourth generation iPod was released July 19th, 2004 and now included a color display with a touch-sensitive click wheel.  Limited Edition series of U2 and Harry Potter were released with customized designs.  The fifth generation iPod was released in the following year and came equipped with MP4 capabilities and more gaming options.  This iPod could hold up to 60 GB of information for the consumer’s entertainment.  The latest edition of the iPod classic was released September 9th, 2009 and can hold up to 160 GB of songs, videos, pictures, podcasts, and more.  

ipod family

January 6th, 2004, Apple released the iPod Mini, which was a smaller version of the classic with less storage, but for a lesser price.  This first generation iPod Mini came in five colors: silver, gold, pink, blue, and green.  This iPod came in either 4 GB or  6 GB, capable was carrying 1,000 to 1,500 songs.  

Almost two years after the release of the iPod Mini came the iPod Nano.  There are currently six generations of the iPod Nano.  Every generation resulted in a different overall shape, longer battery life, longer video playback, and more features.  Some features include: microphone, FM radio, video camera, and Nike+iPod Support capabilities.  

The iPod Shuffle was first released in 2005 and now has four generations of innovation.  This iPod is a screen-less, small music player that is ideal for on-the-go listening.  It’s lack of size and storage results in an affordable price and great for working out.  It comes equipped with a clip that allows the listener to place it anywhere they want.  

The first generation iPod Touch was released September 5th, 2007 and consisted of a touch-sensitive screen with Wi-fi capabilities.  The first iPod touch came in 8 GB, 16 GB, and then 32 GB storage capabilities.  This iPod was able to connect directly to the iTunes Store and able to purchase songs and apps without connecting to a computer.  The iPod Touch is great for games as iTunes offers thousands of apps.  The latest generation comes with a front-facing camera, which allows users to video chat with friends.  The pie chart breaks down the percent of iPod Touch owners into age groups.  The majority of owners fell in the 17 or younger category, although every age group was represented.   

ipodtouchgraph

Apple introduced its first smartphone, the iPhone, on January 9th, 2007.  The iPhone, looks similar to the iPod Touch, but is capable of calling, texting, and able to connect to the 3G and now 4G network.  The iPhone is one of the most popular phones and is constantly becoming more popular with the increase in apps available and top of the line innovations.  

Apple has definitely made its presence known in the technology and music industry.   With the evolution of the iPod, music listening has changed tremendously.  The mp3 player has evolved into an entertainment device that has consumers exposed to the latest innovations.  Apple has created an empire that has complete control of the market and is one of the most grossing corporations in the world.     

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