Steve Jobs unquestionably unveiled a game changer when he introduced the iPod digital music player back 11 years ago.
And while I love all the cool devices as Apple has innovated and expanded this product line, from a collector’s point of view, there is just something about the original iPod. I consider this historic music player as one of my Apple collection favorites.
I was fortunate to find a near mint unit complete with all accessories, disks, original box and paperwork. For you who are into the ceremonial openings here’s a short video I did at the time.
The original iPod was operated with a scroll wheel (the touch wheel was the 2nd Gen). It came with either a 5 or 10 GB hard drive. The 5 GB was introduced Oct. 2001 and the 10 GB in March of 2002. It weighted in at a hefty 6 1/2 ounces (compared to the 5th Generation iPod Touch at 3 1/2 ounces).
It didn’t come in different colors, have Wi-Fi or a camera, but it was revolutionary nonetheless.
I’ve uploaded and archived the fantastic little booklet titled “Getting Started” that came with the iPod, in case you haven’t had a chance to glance through it yet.