Shame, shame, shame on me. One of the most important dates in recent history and I missed it.
I’m going to stop short of taking full blame here. There were no reminders. No hints. No nothing.
I didn't even see a single Tweet about it.
Eight years ago last Friday, October 23, the iPod was introduced.
I was in my Apple store last week. I’ve gotten to know most of the people there.
You’d think someone would’ve invited me to stop by and have cake and ice cream last Friday.
But no. Not a word.
Do you remember the first iPod?
Radio ignored it.
And only geeks and Goths and art students owned Macs.
It was weird looking and clunky; the size of a deck of cards. It didn’t look or operate like a radio or a Walkman.
Just a year earlier Diamond REO released its second and third MP3 players with 32 MB and 64 MB of internal memory respectably which were compatible with PCs.
They weighed roughly 2.5 ounces and ranged in price from $200 to $250.
The downside was their fragility. They were prone to cracks and breakage.
The iPod, by comparison, weighed 6.5 ounces and had a whopping maximum 5 GB of storage.
Initially, the only way you could add music to it was by ripping songs from CDs.
And it was pricey. $400.
2001 - the year that Apple introduced the iPod, it made $5.4 billion - nearly all of it from sales of Macs to geeks, Goths, and art students. It posted a loss of $25 million.
Let’s fast forward to last year’s figures. Apple made $36.5 billion - good for $6 billion in profits - from the sale of iPods, iPhones, Macs, and digital content.
220 million iPods users can’t be wrong.
While I’m thinking of it. We missed another important date earlier this year.
The eighth anniversary of the sale of the first HD Radio.
That’s when Cedar Rapids, Iowa resident Nathan Franzen bought a Kenwood KTC-HR 100 HD Radio tuner to install in his 2001 Pontiac Gran Prix.
The less said about HD Radio the better.
220 HD Radio users can’t be right.