iPod – 12 Years Together

Hello everyone! What do you think about portable music? Can’t you live without musical background in your ears? Do you consider the music player as one of the greatest human inventions in the world history? That is why music is possible to accompany us in all spheres of our life. We take a shower, have a meal, go to work, work out at the gym, make love and cook – and all this we make to the sound of music. We can’t talk about modern lifestyles without mentioning music. There isn’t anything strange in today’s celebration: exactly 12 years ago, on October 23rd, 2001, Apple had released and launched the first iPod. This was considered to be a major breakout that significantly changed the entertainment industry.

By no way, this breakthrough device improved the quality of our life. This MP3 music player packed up to 1,000 CD-quality songs into 6.5 ounce pocketsize design. “With iPod, Apple has invented a whole new category of digital music player that lets you put your entire music collection in your pocket and listen to it wherever you go,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. It was really worth buying. The Walkmans, portable CD-players (as Sony Discman D-50), MPMans (those were considered to be the very first MP3 players of all time) seemed a long way away. The original iPod, launched in 2001, combined a 5GB hard drive with a rechargeable battery pack, had easy-to-use interface and was simply promising. 10 hours of continuous music sound – you are welcome! The most popular music formats (among them MP3 and WAV are) – it can support almost all them! The iPod marketing slogan sounded as “1000 songs in your pocket”, and it provided the promised. Russian ladies especially appreciate this device for its smart design and a storage capacity.

The name iPod has an interesting story of appearing. Vinnie Chieco, a freelance copywriter, who worked for Apple, made the proposal, When Chieco saw an iPod prototype, he immediately remembered “2001: A Space Odyssey” and the phrase “Open the pod bay door, Hal!”, which concerns the EVA Pods of the Discovery One spaceship. The analogy between the music player and a PC in regard to the spaceship and the smaller pods was quite clear. But unfortunately this trademark was patented already. Joseph Grasso had listed an “iPod” trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in July 2000 for Internet kiosks, but the trademark had been discontinued by 2001. The ”iPod” trademark was assigned by Grasso to Apple Inc. in 2005.