It's hard to believe that Apple debuted the iPod almost ten years ago. And now, on the heels of a fresh batch of iPod releases, Apple updates their press page with the history of the iPod and its accompanied software, iTunes. Now anyone is able to track this amazingly powerful gadget from its birth to present day, accompanied by interesting facts and high-res images.
Long before the integrated wall mounts, coffee table-inspired designs, or even the option to engrave your iPod, there was the original iPod Classic. The non-touch, black and white display with clickable buttons seems like a relic compared to today's models. Not only is it interesting to track the amazing progress that Apple has taken since they began their foray into music, but it's also enjoyable to see the design of the iPod evolve and become more refined. At once a near-featureless white block eventually gives way to a slim, glass-covered body with seemingly infinite possibilities for use.
Attempting to sell or use one of those original iPods today might prove pretty futile. However, we imagine that anyone who has kept it around this long will be able to appreciate it as a very unique and important object in design history.