October 23, 2001 -- that was the day the way we listened to music changed entirely. It's funny to think that it's only been 11 years since we fist saw this little gadget revolutionize music listening and music delivery and ultimately altered the music landscape forever.
High praise for such a contraption but it's hard to deny its massive success in such a short period of time. On the list of things that Steve Jobs created that had a worldwide impact, the iPod is certainly in the top five.
You just can't beat a pitch that proclaims, "1,000 songs in your pocket". The first iPod had a black and white LCD (liquid-crystal display) screen and featured, get this a 5 GB hard drive capable of storing 1,000 songs encoded using MP3s. Five gigs? That's nothing right? But not in 2001.
A small device, that carried a bunch of music had a scroll button and a battery life at about 10 hours that recharged when you plugged it in. Where do I get one of those? Back then this 5 gig wonder machine was about $400 which is comical when you consider what that can get you today.
Eleven years later we are now in the umpteeth generation of this device and the average consumer has their choice of not only memory size but actual size.
Thank you Steve Jobs.