Throughout 21 years, Apple has launched 27 different iPod models, we review them all with their main innovations.
On October 23, 2001, Steve Jobs announced that Apple was going to enter the field of music and introduced the first iPod. 21 years after the launch of that first model, Apple has decided to stop selling its music players in order to iPod touch.
Is a logical decision and what was comingfor many years Apple had only left one iPod model in the catalog, and it was quite hidden in its store, but that does not stop it from being an important moment.
During the first decade of the 2000s, iPod players became a true revolution that positioned Apple as an important brand. Of course, Without the iPod, Apple would not have gotten to where it is today, and of course the iPhone would never have existed.. Every year Apple launched one or several iPod models, and we are going to review them all in tribute to this golden age of Apple.
Why the music? Well, we love music, and it’s always good to do something you like. And what is more important, music is part of everyone’s life. Of all! Music has always existed, it will always be close. Steve Jobs, October 23, 2001.
Year 2001: Original iPod
“1000 songs in your pocket”. Apple’s first iPod was the size of a deck of cards, 10 cm high, 6 cm wide and 1.9 cm thick, weighing 184 grams. 5 GB of storage and it was $399. The iconic iPod navigation wheel back then was mechanical, not tactile. We had four buttons and a monochrome display, plus a FireWire port for transferring songs.
Year 2002: iPod 10 GB and iPod 2
In March 2002, just a few months after the launch of the original iPod, Apple released a new model that doubled the internal capacity to 10GB of storage. Of course, this model had a price of $499$100 more than the first iPod.
In July 2002 Apple introduced the second generation iPod, which in this case included the wheel Tactile Click Wheel. Available in capacities of 10 GB, $399, and 20 GB, $499, it was also compatible for the first time with Windows thanks to the Musicmatch app.
Year 2003: iPod 3rd generation
The first major redesign of the iPod placed four large buttons above the tactile Click Wheel. This model incorporated novelties such as the USB connection to synchronize music. Stopped supporting Musicmatch since Apple released iTunes 4.1 for Windows. It was available in capacities of 10, 15, 20, 30, 40 GB, starting at a price of $299.
Year 2004: iPod mini, iPod 4 and iPod Photo
Apple decides to expand its range of iPods with the arrival of the ipod mini at the beginning of the year with measurements of 91 × 51 × 13 mm and 102 grams of weight. This iPod was made of anodized aluminum and available in 5 colors, silver, gold, pink, blue and green. The four auxiliary buttons disappear and are placed on the Click Wheel itself. This small model started at 4GB of storage and cost $249.
A few months later, in July, Apple launches the fourth generation iPod. The main change is the arrival of the same Click Wheel with iPod mini buttons and its color screen. It arrives in capacities of 20GB for $299 and 40GB for $399. The iPod U2 Special Edition 20GB arrives later this year for $349.
At the end of the year, Apple introduces the iPod photo. A revision of the fourth generation iPod with a color screen capable of storing 220 by 176 pixel resolution photos. Available in capacities of 40 GB for $499 and 60 GB for $599.
Year 2005: iPod shuffle, iPod Nano and iPod 5
In January, Apple expands the iPod range again with the shuffle, the cheapest of all iPods. It is a model without a screen, which plays all your songs in order or randomly. Its main advantages are its size of 8.4 x 2.5 x 0.83 cm, weighing only 22 grams and priced at $99 for the 512MB model and $149 for the 1GB model. In the latter, Apple said that 240 songs could fit.
In September 2005 Apple surprised everyone with the Ipod nano, which replaces the iPod mini and improves it in every way. mice alone 6.9mm thick, 40mm wide and 90mm long, weighing just 42 grams. We have a color screen and Click Wheel, in addition to being finished in shiny glass in black and white colors. Available in capacities of 2 and 4 GB, with prices of 199 and 249 dollars respectively.
In October Apple updates the iPod Classic to 5th generation. The main improvements are a larger screen and the ability to play video. It’s also slimmer and follows the iPod nano aesthetic with glossy glass in black and white.
Year 2006: iPod nano 2 and iPod shuffle 2
In September, Apple updates its two cheapest and smallest iPods, the nano and the shuffle, to the second generation. What’s new in the iPod nano 2 focuses on a slight design change, now using colored anodized aluminum and double their internal capacity while maintaining the price.
The iPod shuffle 2 for its part drastically reduces its size to 4.1 x 2.7 x 1 cm. It incorporates a clip on the back and uses the same anodized aluminum and colors as the iPod nano. Now starts at 1 GB and priced at $79.
Year 2007: iPod 6, iPod nano 3 and iPod touch
Three new iPods arrive in 2007 and all are presented in September, heavily influenced by the launch of the iPhone. The iPod classic is updated again following the design lines of the iPod nano and incorporating anodized aluminum. It comes in 80, 120 and 160 GB storage options.
The ipod nano 3 It also completely changes its design, now looking like a smaller iPod classic. We have a 2-inch screen, new colors and a chrome back. It also incorporates a new screen with the ability to play videos and a smaller Click Wheel.
The ipod touch is one of the great novelties of this year, it is like an iPhone but without phone capabilities. It has Wi-Fi, a 3.5-inch screen with a Multi-Touch interface, a Safari browser and access to the iTunes Store and YouTube. Available in capacities of 8 GB for $299 and 16 GB for $399.
Year 2008: iPod nano 4 and iPod touch 2
Again the month of September was the one chosen by Apple to update its iPods. First the iPod nano 4what changed back to an elongated shape with 9 colors to choose. The model incorporates an accelerometer to rotate the screen and be able to watch videos horizontally.
Apple also introduced the ipod touch 2with a new rounded chrome casing, volume buttons and internal speaker. It also had iOS 2.0, with support for Bluetooth in iOS 3. It incorporated many of the new features of the iPhone 3GS.
Year 2009: iPod nano 5, iPod shuffle 3 and iPod touch 3
Earlier in the year Apple revamps iPod shuffle by making it even smaller and removing the controlswhich now run from a controller on the headphone cable.
In September comes the iPod nano fifth generationthe first iPod in history that includes a camera. In addition, it came with a larger screen, FM radio tuner, speaker, pedometer and a new brushed aluminum exterior maintaining similar colors to the previous generation.
And just like the iPhone 3GS, Apple renews the iPod touch with slight internal improvements but keeping the external design. The price drops to $229.
Year 2010: iPod nano 6, iPod shuffle 4 and iPod touch 4
Apple renews its main iPod ranges. The iPod nano undergoes a radical change, now it has no controls and has a square touch screen. Many used this iPod as a watch, since it had spheres, being the clear predecessor of the Apple Watch. Available in 6 colors and with a rear clip like the one on the shuffle, it was available in 8 and 16 GB from $149.
The iPod shuffle is last updated and get the controls back on a device similar to iPod nano but without a screen. Available in 7 different colors, it would update just one more time to change colors.
The ipod touch undergoes one of the most important changes since its launch. It incorporates innovations present in the iPhone 4, such as its rear camera and front camera for FaceTime. It has the iPhone 4 Retina Displaythe Apple A4 chip and was available in black and white.
Year 2012: iPod nano 7 and iPod touch 5
After a year without the launch of new iPods for the first time in history, maddened iPhone and the iPad are now the protagonists, Apple launches the iPod nano 7th generationa device that looks like a reduced version of the iPod touch since it incorporates a 2.5-inch screen and has a start button and Lightning connector. It is the latest generation of the iPod nano, which will be updated again in 2015 incorporating new colors.
The iPod touch is updated again two years later offering a design change based on the iPhone 5. We have a 4-inch screen, aluminum design, Lightning connector and a 5 megapixel camera with flash.
Year 2015: iPod touch 6
The new generation of iPod touch includes the A8 64-bit processor, the same as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and a GPU up to 10 times more powerful. The iSight camera has been improved to 8 Mpx and on the back we have a button to put the iPod Touch Loop strap. Available in 6 colors: Silver, Gold, Space Grey, Pink, Blue and Red (Product Red).
Year 2019: iPod touch 7
Internal update that maintains the same design, it is the latest ipod to be released by apple. This model has the A10 Fusion processor, the same as the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, 6 times faster than the previous model. The camera improves to 12 megapixels and 6 colors are included, the same as the previous generation.
Total Apple has released 27 different iPod models over 21 years. A device that was the main driver of Apple sales during the beginning of the century and that has already reached its end. Goodbye iPod!
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