The dreaded Apple iPod discontinued announcement came today after a great 20-year run, but you’re still able to get a new 7th Gen iPod Touch for a limited time or until stock runs out. The first generation model was released on October 23, 2001 in a 5GB capacity, complete with a FireWire connection to transfer music files. What you may not know is that the first model was developed in under a year.
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The first-generation Apple iPod was unveiled by Steve Jobs on October 23, 2001, and today marks its 20th anniversary. What better way to celebrate than by taking a look at an unreleased P68 / Dulcimer iPod prototype? This was uncovered by Panic, makers of the Playdate game console, and it’s quite large as you can see, far larger than the original iPod itself.
Guy Dupont just so happened to have a fourth-generation iPod Classic laying around, so he decided to modernize the music player. The original hardware is not capable of wirelessly streaming Spotify, so he replaced its internals with a Raspberry Pi mini computer as well as the 30-pin connector with a micro-USB port. For those who’ve never owned one of these iPod Classics, the fourth-generation replaced the touch wheel with a Click Wheel from the iPod Mini.
Created by Classicbot designer Philip Lee, the iBoy may resemble Apple’s first-generation iPod, but it’s completely free of any electronic parts or functions. However, the arms and legs are equipped with magnetic joints that can be moved around in a number of ways. Plus, there’s even a detachable headphones that enable you to effortlessly switch between the unit’s robot and MP3 modes. Read more for a video, additional pictures and how you can get one too.
Developer Elvin Hu revealed a similar app, but Rewound managed to make it onto the App Store first. Simply put, it’s a music player for your Apple Music library that enables users to easily browse and play their music, complete with customizable on screen buttons and gestures. In other words, it’s perfect for one-handed use. Read more for a video demonstration and additional information.
Design student and developer Elvin Hu is currently on working on a music app that turns the iPhone into an iPod Classic, complete with its iconic click wheel. He’s been tinkering with it since October, and shared his progress on Twitter. For those who never owned an iPod Classic, these devices have all five buttons integrated into the click wheel — a design which gives an uncluttered, minimalist interface, though the circuitry contains multiple momentary button switches. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The Elago W6 Stand basically turns your Apple Watch into an iPod Classic, in which the company released six generations as well as a spin-off (iPod Photo) that was later re-integrated into the main lineup. This stand’s real-life counterpart used a 1.8-inch hard drive for storage, but unfortunately, this accessory does not double as a music player. However, you can simply place your Apple Watch in the stand to charge it, and if kept near your bed, you’ll have access to all its key functions, like the alarm clock as well as messages. Product page. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Apple today revealed new iPod Touch models with enhancements to power, capability and communication. It’s now powered by the Apple-designed A10 Fusion chip (iPhone 7), which improves game performance, and for the first time on an iPod, immersive augmented reality (AR) experiences and Group FaceTime. There’s also a new 256GB ($399) storage capacity model, alongside the 32GB ($199) and 128GB ($299) offerings. “We’re making the most affordable iOS device even better with performance that is twice as fast as before, Group FaceTime and augmented reality starting at just $199,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. Read more for a video explaining some of the new features and additional information.
An original Apple iPod could be yours, but it’ll cost you the price of a new car, or at least in some places. Did you know that Apple did not develop the iPod software entirely in-house, but rather used PortalPlayer’s reference platform based on two ARM cores? That’s right, the platform had basic software running on a commercial microkernel embedded operating system. “I am a longtime Apple device collector, and this 5-Gigabyte iPod has been in my personal possession for almost two decades, kept in cool temperatures and away from sunlight. I guarantee that it has been completely unused and untouched inside its original packaging, along with its iconic headphones, charging accessories, and manuals,” said the seller. Auction page. Read more for a video of the original Steve Jobs iPod keynote from 2001 and additional information.
There’s Apple Watch stands, and then the Pod Case by Joyce Kang and the C.O Design Lab. Simply slide the Apple Watch Series 4 body into the silicone case and you have a miniature iPod of sorts. Unfortunately, the job wheel is just for aesthetics and doesn’t actually function, though we could see the designers integrating one that actually works via Bluetooth some time down the line, if this concept actually make it into production. Read more for additional images.