Apple iPod: Ten Year Anniversary

October 23 marks 10 years since the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the iPod in 2001. It wasn’t the first MP3 player, but it was the first to take the world by storm. Even if it did cost $399 and only work with Macs at first. Read the original Apple press release here.

“What is iPod? The biggest thing about iPod is it holds a thousand songs! Your entire music library fits in your pocket — this was never before possible,” Jobs told media in a low key event on Oct. 23, 2001, ten years ago this weekend. Five gigabytes!

The iPod was a rush job. Steve Jobs came up with the idea of competing with what he thought were clunky players at the time. He had his engineering chief Jon Rubenstein and designmeister Jonathan Ive on the project — and they developed the initial device in under a year.

Watch GroovyPost this weekend for our memories and perspective on the Apple iPod, digital music and more. We’d love to hear your iPod memories. Or comment below and let us know 10 songs randomly played when you shuffle. We want to hear! Mine coming soon.

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  1. Gina Smith

    As promised, I did a shuffle. Here are (gulp!) the ten songs that came up — I have thousands of songs. Man. I think I buy and rip too much music. Thanks, Steve Jobs.

    RANDOM LAST 10 SONGS from gina’s iPod

    Hotel California 6:30 Eagles Hotel California
    What Is This Thing Called Love? 2:03 Ella Fitzgerald
    So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry) 3:16 R.E.M.
    Time After Time 3:08 Jake Shimabukuro
    I Wanna Go to the Sun (Live) 7:13 Peter Frampton
    Heretics 3:32 Andrew Bird Armchair Apocrypha
    Love in Itself 4:00 Depeche Mode The Singles
    There’s So Much Music 5:04 The Doors
    Carmen Suite No. 2: Habanera 2:12 Georges Bizet
    Carouselambra 10:34 Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door
    You Took My Breath Away 3:19 The Traveling Wilburys The Traveling Wilburys Collection Rock

  2. Brian Burgess

    I do full albums not individual tunes myself. Band on my iPod are:

    Gov’t Mule
    Trasmission 0
    Alice in Chains
    Russian Circles
    Dream Theater
    Dead Soul Tribe
    Faith No More
    Led Seppelin
    Mad Season
    Suicidal Tendencies
    Mouth of Architect
    Swallow the Sun

    ….hahaha… far to many to mention.

  3. Josh Windisch

    Brian, was the “Led Seppelin” a typo or is there really a band with that name? I tried looking on Google & found a couple of entries for it being a band but then others that looked like other people’s typos. Otherwise your list of bands looks pretty good!

    • Brian Burgess

      a typo – doh!

      • Gina Smith

        I thought it was a cover band or something. LOL. I mean it’s ZEP!

  4. Josh Windisch

    I just thought it was some lesser known band only hipster-types would know about or something, haha.

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