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The iPod is 20 years old.

November 1, 2021

The iPod is 20 years old.

In honor of the iPod’s 20th anniversary a few weeks back, the Panic blog gave us a look at the first iPod prototype, which was almost as big as a MacBook. The big box was functional, but it was mostly full of air. Apple engineers diguised the original form factor to protect the design from leakers.


“The original iPod ‘prototype’ was an Apple design to prevent leaks,” Emma Roth, The Verge

“20 years of the iPod: how it shuffled music and tech into a new era,” Eamonn Forde, The Guardian

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Happy Birthday iPod

October 22, 2011

Happy Birthday iPod

This Sunday the iPod personal music player turns 10 years old. Devised by Apple CEO Steve Jobs and engineers including Tony Fadell and Jon Rubinstein, the device let users download files from Apple’s iTunes site and organize their music in “playlists.” The device dominated the market, “iPod” is now a generic term for any portable MP3 player, and audio download “podcasts” are a feature of many websites.