Apple iPod Turns Five Years Old

October 23, 2001

Apple CEO, Steve Jobs introduced the first Apple iPod with the tagline: “1,000 songs in your pocket”. It was a 5GB hard disk based portable digital music player (MP3 player). Apple iPod was not the first hard disk based MP3 player, but it was the first to be in a compact form. It was first using 1.8″ hard drive as opposed to 2.5″ and 3.5″ hard drives. Unlike any other models, the iPod utilizes FireWire connectivity for fast data transfer. It is also tighly integrated into Apple iTunes, the experience only Mac users could have at that time.

Shortly after the release of iPod, other manufacturers started releasing compact hard drive based MP3 players. None of thm could compete with the function and the style of iPod. There were two things that made iPod stood out:

  • The iConic white color on its faceplate and the earbuds
  • The ScrollWheel

The original 5GB iPod (the iPod classic) was priced at $399, a seemingly shocking sticker price. Apple only sold 125,000 units of iPod within the first two months of its introduction.(1) Apple then released a 10GB model which was retailed for $499 a few months after.

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October 23, 2006

I am celebrating iPod fifth birthday by listening to music and Podcasts on the first iPod I bought back in 2001. It is the original iPod – an iPod classic.

iPod classic Aluminum Back iPod classic Aluminum Back
See more pictures of the still working iPod classic here:
http://37prime.com/ipodturns5.html

Skype 2.0 for Mac

Skype has released Skype 2.0 for Mac OS X (Universal)

Version 2.0.0.6 for Mac. October 23, 2006
Skype_2.0.0.6.dmg (Size: 23 MB)

From Skype:

What’s new in Skype 2.0 for Mac

  • Make video calls to anyone on Skype, no matter what kind of computer they are using.
  • Say hello, smile, or even wave with anyone, anywhere in the world on Skype.
  • Great quality video that just works.
  • All for free of course.

Download it here:
http://www.skype.com/download/skype/macosx/