Entertainment 20 years iPod: Not without my music collection

13:50  23 october  2021
13:50  23 october  2021 Source:   de.starsinsider.com

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In times of Spotify, Soundcloud and Co., the beginnings of portable digital music are easily forgotten. Good that a jubilee reminds of how much of course it was once to have the whole world of music in his trouser pocket. A crucial contribution to the revolutionizing of the digital music market Apple from 2001 with the iPod, even if there were already portable MP3 players. A look at more than 20 years of technical progress.

Der erste iPod setzte noch auf das sogenannte © Alena Veasey / Shutterstock.com The first iPod still sat down on the so-called

for years, the Mooresche law was a fate for Apple and his over-father Steve Jobs (1955-2011). It states that the complexity and performance of boards and storage technology doubles at regular intervals. Both at Apple's Macintosh (1984) as well as the iMac (1998) was fatal to the company. For in all technical innovation, which put in the devices: the development time lasted sometimes so long that the built-in hardware did not seem to justify the price of the devices relatively shortly after appearing.

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Apple changed the market for portable music

So that was what Steve Jobs and Apple have been standing for the late 1970s: real innovation. Apple came to pass that hard drives were getting smaller around the millennium turning around. Jon Rubinstein, the jobs accompanied as an employee since 1990 and was decisively involved in the development of the iMac, at the beginning of 2001 based on the world's first only 1.8 inch hard drive the idea for the iPod. Only about six months later, on October 23, 2001, the presentation of the first iPod with five gigabyte storage space was.

Jobs' Presentation has a cult character today, it comes from another time. Although in his classic outfit of turtleneck sweater and jeans, but in front of a comparatively tiny audience and with a power point presentation, which today many students get better today, he presented the device revolutionary for that time. Up to 1,000 songs can be carried in the future in his trouser pocket, all without cassettes or CDs. In addition, the innovative user interface and the famous "Click Wheel" came with which the owners can scroll efficiently by their music collection.

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The birth of Apple as lifestyle product

The device was a complete success and is not infrequently called the birth of today's Apple brand core. Forwarded, the Group used the Mooresche law for one's own advantage: only six months after the first iPod already appeared on ten gigabytes updated version. Already in mid-July 2002, the storage capacity doubled again, to 20 GB - also published Apple its first headphones that had integrated a remote control in the cable.

A few months later, Apple presented the third generation overtooked in the design, the store had grown again. In September 2003, Apple sold the one-millionth device. This was followed by various variants of the iPod, including the series "Mini", "Nano", "Shuffle", "Photo" and "Touch". The latter is the only iPod available today, and thanks to the touch display, it is hardly distinguished from a smartphone externally. The "mini" variant presented in 2004 was particularly successful: presented in January, more than 100,000 pre-orders went to Apple until mid-February.

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Gigantic success at the right time - then the smartphones

came the actual peculiarity of the iPod, however, was the previously introduced by Apple iTunes. If users of other manufacturers had to copy their MP3 files manually from one device to the other, it was possible to synchronize their music collection uncomplicated between iPac, iBook and iPod. The subsequent success of the combination of iPod and iTunes was so great that in 2007, just half of the Apple turnover over the iPod was generated - until April of the same year, Apple sold 100 million iPods.

Because Apple and Jobs revealed evil from the mistakes of the past, it was clear that one was not allowed to rely on it. Once, early in the 1980s, the company was dependent on the sale of a single product: it was one of the first mass-compatible personal computers, the Apple II. So jobs in early 2007, in the middle of the highest success of the iPod, a new one Era and presented the first iPhone. The rest is history, Apple has rose to one of the most valuable corporations in the world since then.

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