You’ll find out, learn and test your iPod knowledge on this page. This small device plays songs, movies, and photo slideshows, and millions of users are hooked on their small media player. We’ll try and describe all the iPod generations in detail and give you all the pertinent info about this cute gadget.
iPod As It Is
- External Design: The iPod external design was inspired by the Braun T3 transistor radio designed by Dieter Rams in 1958.
- The Wheel: The iPod wheel design and user interface were prompted by Bang & Olufsen’s BeoCom 6000 telephone.
- iPod as in Walkman: The first iPod was labelled the Walkman of the twenty-first century, the word Walkman being very popular and well-known throughout the world.
- Brick: The very first iPod came complete with a simple game called Brick. The gadget had a limited range of other additional functions, such as the ability to store addresses and other contact details.
- Mass Storage Devices: All iPods can be used as “mass storage devices,” in place of an external hard disk drive, to move data between computers.
- iOS: Users of the touch-screen iPod Touch now have access to a vast library of software, applications and utilities, as the iPod Touch uses Apple’s iOS operating system which is the same OS that is used in the iPhone.
- Name of iPod: The name iPod was proposed by Vinnie Chieco. The name recalls the famous phrase used in 2001: A Space Odyssey movie: Open the pod bay door, Hal!. Originallly, the phraserefers to the EVA Pods of the Discovery One spaceship.
- iPod, I am your father: For its iPod, Apple used the Toshiba disk drive which was acquired by Jon Rubinstein in 2000.
- iPod Team: Apple’s hardware engineering chief Jon Rubinstein, engineers Tony Fadell Michael Dhuey and design engineer Sir Jonathan Ive designed the first iPod in less than a year.
- Photo capabilities: Originally conceived as an MP3 music player, the iPod has gradually become an all-purpose multimedia player. Now it can play music, videos, movies, podcasts and other media content. But photo capabilities started to be added in 2004, with the launch of the iPod Photo. This model gave newer iPods the ability to store and view photos. Some of the more recent iPods, including iPod Nano, have even included video cameras, allowing live video to be captured.
- iPod Sales: For the first time in history, the iPod sales were overtaken by the iPhone in the middle of 2010.
- Connectivity: The second generation iPod, released in 2002, was the first to be compatible with Windows-based computers as well as the Apple Macintosh.
- USB: In 2003 SB connectivity was added to iPod. Before 2003, all iPods used FireWire connections to connect and synchronize music. USB connectivity resulted in the devices becoming compatible with more computers. Prior to 2004, Windows PC users had to use MusicMatch for synchronization, as iTunes for Windows had not been released.
- Touch Screen: The most expensive part of an iPod to produce is the touch screen.
- Level of Sound: The full range of sounds, on average, for an iPod is 120 decibels, but in France, it is illegal to play your iPod louder than 100 decibels
- VoiceOver App: The iPod shuffle 3rd was the first Apple device to introduce VoiceOver, an app that dictates system menus, text, music info and other details.
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