The IPod has become a symbol of a generation, something every teenager and child longs for especially when there is a new model out. However its worth looking at just why the IPod and its many variations have been become so popular. Many people dont realise that there were mp3 players before Apple released their own and that many consumers and even fans of Apple were sceptical about the player when it debuted.
The first and most obvious thing we noticed was the space. Even with the first IPod classic there was over 6gb of space for all of your songs, this was due to the mini hard-disk placed inside the player. This was a revolution at the time since nearly all mp3 players used solid state drives that would average between 32 and 64mb. Consumers suddenly realised that it would be possible to store your entire music collection on a single device and take it anywhere with you. Even today it is quite amazing the storage capacity of even the standard IPod which weighs in at over 120gb. There are very few people in the world that couldnt fit their whole music collection onto an IPod, no matter what kind of music they are into!
The IPod also had a design like no other. It was smooth and white all over with no clunky buttons or switches. It was often remarked that if Microsoft had designed the IPod it would have about a hundred more buttons to do the same thing. The scroll wheel in the centre of the player was also a stroke of genius, with one flick of your thumb you could now navigate hundreds of albums in seconds with pin-point accuracy. Its widely thought the IPod would never have been as big a success without the scroll wheel, can you imagine trying to navigate 100 albums with a forward and back switch?
Apple is not just a software company but also a hardware one so it was a natural extension that they create an amazing piece of software to allow people to move and organise songs onto their IPod. ITunes was released with the first player and became an instant hit. Up until this point most players where just hard-drives where you browsed the folders but now you could sort hundreds of songs by name, artist, genre and even how many times you played it. A unique feature of ITunes found in no other mp3 player software was it allowed you to purchase complete songs and albums online to download straight to your IPod. Many people were still nervous about p2p applications like Napster and the legal and safety implications of downloading copy written files. However due to the unique licensing deals struck by Steve Jobs with several major record companies people could enjoy thousands of hours of cheap and instant music at the touch of a button.
Portability has to be another factor of not just the IPod but mp3 players in general. In days long ago when you went to a party you may have brought a LP record with you, and not that long ago a cd. But these days you can be guaranteed that any party will have an IPod speaker system were anyone with their player with them can simply plug in and show the whole world what kind of music they are into. This is due mainly to just how small the IPod and particularly the IPod Shuffle and Nano are. They take portability to a new level to the point were going to a gym these days is like going to your local Apple store. Never has an electronic device been such a hit with joggers and runners. This is mainly due to having no moving parts and solid fibre casing.
As you can see when you look at the facts it really is a wonder why anyone ever doubted this amazing device that has fast become the must have accessory for anyone from 8 to 80. Now we know why mp3 player means IPod.
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