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I’mma let you finish, but Kanye West’s daughter is the biggest Apple fan of all time

Kanye West in all his Apple-loving glory. Photo: Rodrigo Ferrari CC

Kanye West in all his Apple-loving glory. Photo: Rodrigo Ferrari/Flickr CC

If both of your parents are unabashed Apple fans, there’s every chance that you’ll grow up as a Cupertino addict as well.

That appears to be the case for 16-month-old North West, a.k.a. the daughter of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. With North’s dad having previously proclaimed himself the next Steve Jobs, and her mother likely to rake in an ungodly $200 million from her very own iOS app by the end of 2014, it’s no surprise that North seems to have a budding interest in all things Apple, as well.

What kind of interest? In an interview with PEOPLE.com, Kim Kardashian described her less-than-two-year-old daughter’s extreme iPod love, with her playlist apparently including a soothing mixture of lullabies and, well, Kanye West tracks.

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9 ways Steve Jobs changed high tech forever

The father of the iPod, Tony Fadell, mourns the death of the iPod Classic

Tony Fadell, the father of the iPod, says Apple saw the death of the iPod coming.

Tony Fadell, the father of the iPod, says Apple saw the death of the iPod coming.

In 2004, at the height of the original iPod’s success, Apple started asking itself internally what would eventually kill the iPod. Whatever it was, Cupertino wanted to make sure they stayed ahead of the curve.

What did Apple think would doom the iPod? According to ex-iPod-chief Tony Fadell, Cupertino called it correctly: Music streaming would eventually kill the iPod. But Apple didn’t call it streaming, or even music in the cloud. They called it the “celestial music jukebox.”

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Richard Branson claims to have invented iPod and iTunes as April Fool’s joke

Was a joke by Richard Branson responsible for helping turn around Apple's fortunes? (Credit: Virgin)

Was a joke by Richard Branson responsible for helping turn around Apple’s fortunes? (Credit: Virgin)

There are always going to be debates about who came up with an idea as transformative to Apple’s business as the iTunes and the iPod, but here’s one you may not have heard before: Richard Branson.

In a new interview with the i paper, the Virgin head honcho claims the concept behind Apple’s turnaround duo of inventions was originally made by him as a joke — only for Steve Jobs to take it seriously, and later go on to put it into action.

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An illustrated history of the iPod and its massive impact

An illustrated history of the iPod and its massive impact

Editor’s note: The iPod has enjoyed a good long run as one of the world’s most revolutionary music machines, but the time has come to bid adieu to the click-wheeled wonder.

Apple quietly removed the iPod Classic from its website this week, so now is the perfect time to wax nostalgic. Cult of Mac is republishing this illustrated history of the iPod — put together to celebrate the device’s 10th anniversary, and originally published on Oct. 22, 2011 — to mark this solemn occasion.

An Illustrated History of the iPod

An illustrated history of the iPod and its massive impactThe iPod grew out of Steve Jobs’ digital hub strategy. Life was going digital. People were plugging all kinds of devices into their computers: digital cameras, camcorders, MP3 players. The computer was the central device, the “digital hub,” that could be used to edit photos and movies or manage a large music library. Jobs tasked Apple’s programmers with making software for editing photos, movies and managing digital music. While they were doing this, they discovered that all the early MP3 players were horrible. Jobs asked his top hardware guy, Jon Rubinstein, to see if Apple could do better.

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The 10 biggest Apple announcements of all time

Steve Jobs presided over some memorable announcements during his time at Apple. (Picture: Flickr)

Steve Jobs presided over many memorable moments during his time at Apple. Here are our all-time favorites. Photo: Ben Stanfield/Flickr CC

Apple’s most-anticipated — and likely most-eventful — product introduction since the iPad is set for later this morning. It will undoubtedly be Tim Cook’s biggest moment yet as Apple’s CEO, with the company reportedly ready to unveil new products from what has been described as its most exciting product pipeline in a quarter century.

Anticipation among the Apple faithful couldn’t be any higher. Endless speculation and massive expectations about finally laying eyes on the long-awaited iWatch got us thinking about other memorable announcements from Apple’s 37-year history.

While you wait for this morning’s 10 a.m. liveblog from Apple’s big event, relive some of Cupertino’s past glories. Here are our picks for the 10 biggest Apple announcements of all time.

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iPod engravings are nearly as obsolete as the device

Remember your first iPod? Mine was a Christmas gift and came engraved with the date for posterity. That white brick 10GB model has shuffled into obsolescence and my new 7th generation Nano is smaller than a pack of gum and so commonplace even though it was a birthday gift (thanks, Mom!) there was no engraving this time.Apple’s free engraving meant that your personal motto, declaration of love or lost-and-found information got carved on your epic new device.
The sad thing is that it seems no one wants to play any more: there’s just one engraved Shuffle on Flickr since the end of 2013.Speculation mounts ahead of the upcoming Apple event: will the iPod line be floated out on the iceberg of death for the iWatch? Or will the iPod design be refreshed again, despite flagging sales?
Whatever happens, here's our tribute to the device as etched in our favorite engravings.
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Fake Apple ad campaign protests Obama’s Silicon Valley visit

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iSnoop ads invade Silicon Valley to protest Obama fundraisers

Apple’s legendary iPod ads have been nothing less than iconic, but a California street artists has turned the famous marketing campaign into an anti-Obama parody ahead of the President’s visit to area.

President Obama just wrapped up a quick fundraising tour around Los Angeles and San Francisco last week with a $32,000 a plate fundraiser at Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes’s house, and another with Nancy Pelosi, but the commander-in-chief was greeted by some scathing street art that highlighted some of his administration’s biggest scandals.

Here are some of the iAds found on the streets of Silicon Valley:

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Sci-fi toys spring to life in filmic photos

By day, Robert Larner works for an investment firm. By night he directs Stormtroopers, Transformers and Daleks.

Using toys, camera tricks and a keen sense of story, the photographer delights Flickr and Instagram fans with movie stills. But the movies don’t exist.

The Scotsman grew up a discerning cineaste with a taste for the Indiana Jones, Back to the Future and Ghostbusters movie franchises, but his greatest inspiration — in film and toys — was Star Wars.

“I could probably track my interest in toys via Star Wars,” Larner says. “When I was a kid in the early ’80s, I was completely swept up by the original Kenner 3.75-inch range. Then, in the ’90s, the remastered movies came out along with whispers of the prequels so the Star Wars toy range was reintroduced, so that caught my interest again. However, it was when Lego had the bright idea of making Star Wars Lego sets in 1999 that I really got sucked in and I haven’t looked back since!”

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Apple loses canny PR queen who crafted air of mystique

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Katie Cotton, the woman in charge of Apple’s worldwide corporate communications is undocking from the mothership after nearly two decades of service at Apple, according to a report from Re/code.

Cotton has been one of Apple’s top ranking female VPs since joining the company 18 years ago and has been crucial in shaping the media narrative around pretty much every product from the iPod to the iPad.

Apple spokesman Steve Dowling had the following to say about Cotton’s departure:

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