Dialaphone Heroes: iPod

Dialaphone Heroes is a new feature in which we take a look at some of the defining pieces of tech that have shaped the world we live in…

Long before the iPhone, Apple were already releasing innovative music technology and in 2001 the first iPod was unveiled, changing the way we would listen and access our music, forever.

Gone were the days of bulky Walkmans and CD players, because in less than a year the second generation iPod was released with the capacity to hold up to 4,000 tracks.

As its success grew so did the amount of tracks it had to offer and in 2003 the iTunes Music Store launched selling one million songs in its first week.

Despite being able to store thousands of files the iPod got smaller in stature and the iPod mini, now known as the iPod nano, quickly became the best selling music player ever. Apple didn’t stop there though and shortly after its iPod shuffle was released and crowned the world’s smallest iPod.

Skip a few years and that brought us the fifth generation iPod which had the ability to display photos and play full-length feature films, transforming it in to much more than just a music player.

It’s certainly come a long way in the past 11 years and today the iPod touch continues to lead the way boasting a multi-touch interface, built in Wi-Fi, retina display, FaceTime video calling, HD video recording and a game centre. Just imagine how different the world of music technology would have been without it.

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