The latest generation of iPod offers a longer battery life at a much lower cost. However the death of the iconic iPod Classic before it could turn 13 was largely unnoticed and is indeed sad. The iPod was launched with a hefty price tag and transformed how we listen to music.
The iPod was iconic because it inspired a business model and was built to fit the pocket and turned a in red computer maker intone of the giants of the electronics world.
The death of the iPod in its thirteenth year once again brings the eerie notoriety of the number 13 as universally unlucky number.
iPod was debuted a few days after September 11 2001. A brain child of Steve Jobs, the iPod was to be a device which played music with no more than three clicks. Steve ordered his engineers into the impossible task.
The iPod was markedly different from other devices in the market which played compressed music. It was much smaller and lighter than its competitors and sported an external design inspired by Dieter Rams. It was incredibly simple to operate and this can be gauged by the first commercial which merely showed a man dancing to a track by an obscure electronica band. What was so unique about iPod then? Well it could hold over 1000 songs. It was incredible then, who could have thought about a device no bigger than a cigarette pack would hold the equivalent of more than 100 CD’s of music. However the user had to shell out quite some green backs for this marvel, $400 to be accurate and that is quite some amount when other players were available for half the price.
Notwithstanding the brutal reviews Apple sold 125,000 iPods in the first 60 days. Within a year of demand it was available for Windows users also. Dictionaries were adding new meanings for new words like rip. However it was only in 2003 when Apple launched its online music did iPod flourish: Get any song you want, legally, for 99 cents and play it on your iPod.
The iTunes Music Store was a colossal success: It sold 1 million songs in a week, 50 million in a year another 50 million more in the next four months and it sold 100 million more songs in five months when it was offered internationally.