The iPod wasn't the first MP3 player—there were a number of models from a number of companies on the market before Apple unveiled what came to be one of its flagship products—but the iPod was the first truly great MP3 player. It didn't have the most storage or the most features, but what it did have was a dead-simple user interface, terrific industrial design, and the simplicity and polish that have come to define Apple products.
Looking back today to when the iPod was first introduced over a decade ago, it's hard to remember just how different the world of computing and portable devices was. There was no Facebook, no Twitter, no apps, no iPhone, no streaming Netflix or Hulu. The world was a very different place.
As the world, and the world of technology evolved, the iPod evolved with it, often helping to drive innovations and evolutions. This article looks back at the history of the iPod, one model at a time. Each page features a different iPod model in the original iPod line (that is, not the nano, Touch, Shuffle, etc.) and shows how they changed and improved over time. Click to the next page to begin our journey through iPod history back in 2001.