It's hard to overstate the impact of the iPod following the fallow years in which portable CD players failed to become a cultural force like Sony's Walkman was. Besides the unique look and high capacity, the idea of a portable jukebox that could nearly instantly jump to any point in its catalog with a flick of a scroll wheel was revolutionary. Unlike (the very few) other digital music players, it was very portable, lightweight, and reasonably rugged, with a high capacity.
When eventually paired with the iTunes Store and 99-cent downloads, it was an unstoppable force. Apple still sells plenty of iPods, especially the current favorite iPod Touch, but the device's legacy may be in how there's now an "iPod" app built into every iPhone and iPad.
October 6, 2011 8:38 AM PDT
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| Caption by: David Carnoy, Dan Ackerman
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