Today in Apple history: iPod mini is ‘world’s smallest music player’

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Do you remember the iPod mini?
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Feb20February 20, 2004: Apple goes small as the iPod mini arrives in Apple stores.

Released with 4GB of storage and in five colors, the diminutive iPod mini features a new “click wheel” that combines the control buttons integrated into a solid-state, touch-sensitive scroll wheel. If it’s size is small, however, its market potential certainly isn’t — as the iPod mini becomes the fastest-selling iPod up until that point.

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Today in Apple history: iPod Shuffle randomizes our music

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Do you remember the first-gen iPod Shuffle?
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Jan11January 11, 2005: Steve Jobs introduces the world to iPod Shuffle.

Positioned as Apple’s entry-level iPod, the Shuffle lacks a display, but instead randomly shuffles its music, while giving the user the chance to skip any songs they don’t like.

It’s the first iPod to use flash memory, plugs directly into a computer using an onboard USB 2.0, and comes in 512MB and 1GB configurations. Oh, and it’s smaller than a pack of gum, and weighs less than an ounce!

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Today in Apple history: iPod shows it has life after iPhone

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Apple released three new iPods, including the first iPod touch, nine years ago today.
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5SeptSeptember 5: Apple introduces its first new iPods after the release of the iPhone, with the third-gen iPod Nano, newly-renamed iPod Classic, and — most significantly — the debut of the iPod touch.

In doing so, it sets out to demonstrate that there is still plenty of life left in Apple’s iconic portable music player.

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Today in Apple history: iPod touch is ‘iPhone without the phone’

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The fourth-gen iPod touch closed the gap between iPod and iPhone.
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Sept 1September 1, 2010: Apple announces its fourth-generation iPod touch, a version of the portable music player which closes the gap between the iPod touch and the iPhone.

Along with being thinner than ever, the fourth-gen iPod touch’s main innovations include a redesigned form factor, Retina display, FaceTime calling via WiFi, HD video recording, and the same A4 chip found in the iPhone at the time.

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Today in Apple history: Nike+iPod brings fitness tracking to your pocket

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The Nike+iPod Sports Kit was a nifty innovation.
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July 13 July 13, 2006: Apple releases the Nike+iPod Sports Kit, the company’s inaugural activity tracker, combining a portable music player and a smart pedometer for the first time.

The kit is the first step (no pun intended) toward the kind of mobile health-tracking initiatives Apple has explored over the last decade, most notably through its iOS Health app and the Apple Watch.

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