The Apple iPod is a line of portable media players and multi-purpose pocket computers. The very first version of the iPod was released on October 23, 2001, about 8 and a half months after the Macintosh version of iTunes was released. As of July 27, 2017, only the iPod Touch is still in production. Take a look below for 25 more awesome and fascinating facts about the Apple iPod.
1. The name was proposed by Vinnie Chieco, a freelance copywriter, who was inspired by a phrase in Stanley Kubrick’s movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. The phrase was was, “Open the pod bay door, Hal!”
2. Unaware of the development at Apple and that they would be launching a product the next year, Joseph N. Grasso applied for a trademark on the “iPod.” He planned to use it for Internet kiosks. The name was registered in 2003 and Grasso assigned it to Apple in 2005.
3. The idea of a portable music player with a hard disk storage originated with Tony Fadell who had come up with the idea in 1999. Fadell started a company called Fuse to try and develop the portable player but failed to secure a second round of funding and closed down.
4. When Fuse failed, Fadell took the idea to RealNetworks and to Philips, where he had been employed earlier, but both companies rejected the concept.
5. Fadell then approached Apple who showed a lot of interest in his idea. Under the guidance of Jon Rubinstein, Apple’s hardware engineering chief, the iPod quickly took shape.
6. Fadell, regarded as the father of the iPod, was an amateur DJ and the idea for the iPod came to him because he was tired of carrying his bulky CD collection to gigs.
7. The iPod design was inspired from the 1958 Braun T3 transistor radio, which had been created by the great German designer Dieter Rams.
8. The iPod wasn’t an immediate success because there were two main problems. The first problem was that it was a Mac only device and the second problem was that it was expensive.
9. Third party software began being available for PC users but it wasn’t until 2003, with the official release of a Windows version of the iTunes Music Store, that the device actually took off.
10. After 5 and a half years of launch, Apple sold more than 100 million iPods, making it the fastest selling music player in history.
11. The iPod had such a strong impact on the industry that in just a few years, close to 4,000 accessories were available in the market for the device.
12. The iPod could play several digital music files including WAV, AIFF and MP3, which was the most popular format at that time.
13. Earlier versions of the iPod came with a warning from apple that stated, “Don’t steal music.”
14. There was an Easter egg in the very first iPod. It was a game called Breakout, which is also known as Bricks. The game had originally been developed a few years back by Apple’s co-founder, Steve Wozniak, and others.
15. On September 9, 2014, Apple decided to discontinue the iPod Classic. The price of the device almost doubled since then as it’s considered to be a collectible.
16. The touch screen on the iPod was considered as the most expensive part as it cost $35 to manufacture.
17. The full range of sounds, on average, for an iPod is 120 decibels.
18. The first iPod ever made had a 5GB capacity.
19. iPod batteries can last between 14 and 28 days if they’re not used at all.
20. Depending on the model of the iPod, the battery will continuously play music for between 8 to 20 hours if fully charged.
21. A vacuum has been released which has inbuilt iPod speakers.
22. The world’s most expensive iPod costs $231,776.
23. In France, it is illegal to play your iPod louder than 100 decibels.
24. iPods have been criticized for alleged short lifespans and fragile hard drives. A 2005 survey conducted on the MacInTouch website found that the iPod had an average failure rate of 13.7%.
25. iPods have won several awards ranging from engineering excellence, to most innovative audio product, to fourth best computer product of 2006. They also received favorable reviews, scoring on looks, clean design and ease of use.