Happy Twelfth Birthday, iPod
It was a dozen years ago today that Steve Jobs taught the music industry how to play. On Tuesday, October 23, 2001, Steve Jobs introduced the original iPod to a skeptical public, just eight and half months after Apple launched the iTunes app.
“With iPod, Apple has invented a whole new category of digital music player that lets you put your entire music collection in your pocket and listen to it wherever you go,” said Steve Jobs in an Apple press release. “With iPod, listening to music will never be the same again.”
And, he wasn’t lying, not even a little.
Here’s Steve working his magic, back when people still compared him to PT Barnum, on the Town Hall stage at Apple’s 1 Infinite Loop campus.
And, since we’re strolling down memory lane, here are the first two iPod commercials followed by the entire canon of Apple’s iconic iPod silhouette TV commercials and links to all of those great songs…
Songs in iPod Commercials
• Take California by the Propellerheads
• Rock Star (Jason Nevins Remix Edit) by N.E.R.D.
• Technologic by Daft Punk
• Vertigo by U2
• Jerk It Out by The Caesars
• Someday Baby by Bob Dylan
• Dance Tonight by Paul McCartney
• 1234 by Feist
• Shut Up and Let Me Go by The Ting Tings
• No You Girls by Franz Ferdinand
• Bourgeois Shangri-La by Miss Li
• Hey Mama by The Black Eyed Peas
• Are You Gonna Be My Girl by The Jets
• Ride by The Vines
• Walkie Talkie Man by Steriogram
• Saturday Night by Ozomatli
• Feel Good Inc by Gorillaz
• Lose Yourself by Eminem
• Love Train by Wolfmother
• The Audience Is Listening by Cut Chemist
• Flathead by The Fratellis
• Music Is My Hot, Hot Sex by CSS
• Work That by Mary J Blige
• Viva la Vida by Coldplay
• Bruises by Chairlift
• Around the Bend by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
• She’s Got Me Dancing by Tommy Sparks
OR, listen to all of those songs on Spotify — 10 Years of iPod Commercials!