Throwback Thursday, 1 October – iPods

You might not believe this, but the first iPod was only released in 2001. It seems like they have been around forever, and certainly 14 years seems like a long time, especially for a tech product. I mean, how is it that we don’t have chips inserted into our brains yet so that we can access music and the internet just by thinking about it? I’m sure that I read a book about that once, and I’m sure that’s being worked on my someone already!

Anyway, for this week’s Throwback Thursday I thought I’d take a look at the first iPod, the latest iPod and when the different versions came out.

So the first iPod was the iPod Classic and it was released on 23rd October 2001. Oh yeah, I remember these bad boys. And the design of the Classic really doesn’t look all that different even now.

Ipod_1GBut compare this to the latest iPod to be released which was the 6th generation iPod Touch on 15th July 2015.

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Think about this, 14 years ago, the Classic was released with 5GB of storage (later came with 10GB), and had a life of about 10 hours when listening to music. The latest Touch comes with anywhere between 16-128GB of storage and can last up to 40 hours listening to music or 8 hours watching video. Huge difference, but what do you think, in 14 years have they come quite far enough or would you have expected more for the iPod by now?

For interests sake, let’s have a look at when the models for the iPod range were released, the first and last model for each category:

  • iPod Classic: 23rd October 2001 – 5th September 2007
  • iPod Mini: 6th January 2004 – 22nd February 2005
  • iPod Nano: 7th September 2005 – 12th September 2012
  • iPod Shuffle: 11th January 2005 – 1st September 2010
  • iPod Touch: 5th September 2007 – 15th July 2015

Interesting development over time huh, moved quite quickly from the scroll pad to being a complete touch screen with the Nano as of the 6th generation, to having the Touch which is well, a bigger version of the touch screen Nano! But then I guess, the Nano screen is a bit too small to see videos on clearly really.

So where do you see this technology going in the future? Maybe we’ll have a Virtual Reality iPod next where you can download songs with official music videos or concerts or intimate shows maybe so you can feel like you’re really getting that immersive experience with music. Or maybe it’ll be holographic, so the iPod projects a little image of the singer or band playing the songs. What do you think?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Take care,

Jas

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