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Happy Twelfth Birthday, iPod

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On October 23, 2001, Steve Jobs introduced the original iPod to a skeptical public, just eight and half months after Apple launched the iTunes app.

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!

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