misty christoffersen

{September 30, 2009}   iPodolution

Have you ever noticed that the iPod you use everyday on your way to work or where ever you need to go has a beautiful design? Right now Apple’s iPod has a great design but it went through a lot of work to get where it is now. Lets look at the evolution of the iPod.

The Newton • 1993

newton•Was a major flop when released to the public

•Laid the groundwork for future portable device, like the iPod

Classic Line

G1 iPod – 2001


•Apple’s White Design

•Mechanical Wheel

G2 iPod – 2002

ipodsecond•Touch sensitive wheel

G3 iPod – 2003


•Entirly touch sensitive

•Designs start getting thinner

G4 iPod – 2004


•Used the click wheel from iPod Mini.

•Harry Potter and U2 editions developed from this model

G5 iPod – 2005


•”iPod Video”

•Black design instead of white

G6 iPod – 2007

ipod_classic_6th_generation•New “iPod Classic”

•Aluminum design

Classic Line branched off into Shuffle, Nano, Touch and iPhone

Shuffle Line

Shuffle 2005


•”Life is Random”

Shuffle – 2006

shufflecolours•Smallest device made by Apple

•Used flash memory rather than a hard disk

•Available in a variety of colors

Nano Line

G1 Nano – 2005


•Stainless steel back

•Available in black and white


G2 Nano – 2006

ipodnano2g Aluminum design

•Available in variety of colors

G3 Nano – 2007

ipodnano3g•Shorter, wider design but just as thin

•Variety of colors

•Video as well as music

G4 Nano – 2008


•Back to tall thin design


iPod Touch and iPhone – 2007

ipodtouch•Only one button

•Stainless steel back

•Touch-sensitive screen

iphone•Music player as well as a cellular phone

•Stainless Steel back

•Touch-sensitive screen

Apple’s designs have changed along side technology, iPods too. The designers keep challenging themselves and from that they keep improving their designs. iPods have gone form dull and clunky to sleek and stylish with a modern twist. They’re popularity will only continue to grow.

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Cool video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sQEpl2n5wo


Stacey says:

Very nice. It is interesting to see the evolution of the Apple iPod.

I am very glad they have evolved from that original.

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