An illustrated history of the iPod and its massive impact



Editor’s note: This weekend was the 15th anniversary of the iPod, the humble digital music player that reshaped Apple.

To mark the occasssion, 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.

An Illustrated History of the iPod

The 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.

Steve Jobs exhibition will take place on Samsung’s home turf


Steve Jobs, creator of the iPad and created on the iPad.
Staging a Steve Jobs exhibit in South Korea is like bringing a Note 7 to an Apple keynote.
Photo: Jeremy Martin

South Korea is Samsung country, but that’s not stopping a local museum in Guri, Gyeongg from staging an honorary exhibition to the late founder of Apple, Steve Jobs.

Featuring a range of Apple computers starting with 1977’s Apple II and running through to the iMac models Jobs oversaw upon his return to the company in the late 1990s, the exhibition will run until November 27.

Today in Apple history: Tim Cook becomes Apple’s chief operating officer


Tim Cook has repeatedly spoken out in favor of privacy.
Tim Cook was on his way to the top spot at Apple.
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Oct14 October 14, 2005: Tim Cook takes the reins as Apple’s chief operating officer, continuing his upward climb through the company’s ranks that would make him CEO less than six years later.

“Tim and I have worked together for over seven years now, and I am looking forward to working even more closely with him to help Apple reach some exciting goals during the coming years,” Steve Jobs says in a statement.

Today in Apple history: Bono’s (PRODUCT) RED iPod


Remember this limited edition iPod?
Photo: Wikipedia/Re-ality CC

Oct13October 13, 2006: Ten years ago today, Apple launches its limited edition iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition music player.

Created in association with U2 lead singer Bono and Bobby Shriver, 10 percent of each units sold goes to fighting AIDS in Africa. “We’re ecstatic that Apple is giving their customers the choice to buy a red iPod nano and help women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa,” Bono says in a statement.