The world was still in a serious 9/11 funk on October 23, 2001, when Steve Jobs took to the stage to introduce Apple’s new portable music player. Jobs had been back at Apple for a couple of years, slashing product lines and refocusing the company on new products.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that the iPod not only save Apple but helped it become the most valuable company in the world. The device sold 125,000 units before the end of the year and was selling nearly 55 million a year by 2008. (Good move making it Windows compatible, yes?) Since then, though, the iPhone has cannibalized iPod sales and while Apple still sells them, they barely report on how many they move.
Come back with me to October 23, 2001, when Steve introduced what would soon become the must-have gadget of the century.