2001Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs holds up the new Apple release iPod in Cupertino, California October 23, 2001. The new MP3 iPod music player packs up to 1,000 CD-quality songs into an ultra-portable, 6.5 ounce design that fits in your pocket.
2002An updated version of Apple's popular iPod MP3 player was introduced featuring a larger hard drive and new software, including a calendar at the Macworld Conference and Expo in New York on July 17, 2002.
2004Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduces the new "iPod mini" digital music player at the 2004 Macworld Conference and Expo in San Francisco January 6, 2004.
2004Apple CEO Steve Jobs looks out over the crowd as a new television commercial for Apple iPod digital music is displayed behind him, at the 2004 Macworld Conference and Expo in San Francisco, January 6, 2004.
2004Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPod U2 Special Edition as part of a partnership between Apple, U2 and Universal Music Group (UMG) during a press conference in San Jose, California, October 26, 2004. The new special Edition U2 iPod which can hold up to 5,000 songs, and features a black enclosure with a red click wheel and custom engraving of U2 band member signatures.
2005Apple Computer Inc. unveils the company's new digital music player 'iPod Nano' at a news conference in Tokyo. Apple Computer Inc. unveils the company's new digital music player 'iPod Nano' at a news conference in Tokyo September 8, 2005. The seriously slimmed-down pencil-thin nano is about a quarter of an inch (0.6 cm) thick, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) long and 1-1/2 inches (4 cm) wide. The nano players, either all black or all white, are nearly as small as the entry-level iPod Shuffle but sport click wheels and hold up to 1,000 songs.
2005October 12, 2005 by Apple Computer Inc., Apple's new iPod, featuring a 2.5-inch color screen which can display album artwork and photos, and play video including music videos, video Podcasts, home movies and television shows, was introduced during a news conference in San Jose, California. Apple Computer Inc. on Wednesday unveiled a version of its market-leading iPod that also plays videos and increased the iMac computer's ability to act as a home entertainment hub by adding a remote control. The video iPod -- a long-rumored product that could further spark sales of the popular brand -- has a 2.5-inch screen and comes with 30 or 60 gigabytes of memory.
2006A view of the new Apple iPod Hi-Fi which was introduced by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at an event for press and industry analysts at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California February 28, 2006. The Hi-Fi is a new home stereo high-fidelity speaker system which works with any of Apple's many iPod models.
2006Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs introduces a smaller iPod Shuffle music device to the crowd at an Apple media event at the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts theater in San Francisco, California, September 12, 2006.
2006Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs introduces new iPod Nanos to the crowd at the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts theater in San Francisco, California, September 12, 2006.
2007Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduces the new Apple iPod media players in San Francisco, California September 5, 2007.
2008Redesigned iPod Nano are shown on display for the media at Apple's "Let's Rock" media event in San Francisco, California September 9, 2008.
2008Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs speaks as colorful redesigned iPod Nano are displayed at Apple's "Let's Rock" media event in San Francisco, California September 9, 2008.
2009Apple Inc Chief Executive Steve Jobs speaks about features on the iPod Nano, which includes a video camera, at a special event in San Francisco September 9, 2009.
2010Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs speaks on stage, with images of the iPod Shuffle (L-R), iPod Nano and iPod Touch projected onscreen, at Apple's music-themed September media event in San Francisco, California September 1, 2010.
2011Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, speaks about the iPod Nano at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California October 4, 2011.
Could you believe it has been a decade since Apple and Steve Jobs first introduced the iPod, changing history and the way we listen to music for the past 10 years?
The iPod was the first MP3 portable digital music player, boasting 10 hours of battery life and capability to hold up to 1,000 songs, to make a break in the market and catch mass appeal in the mainstream. Apple, particularly the late former CEO Steve Jobs, spearheaded the digital music revolution with iPods and the iTunes store.
Since its announcement 10 years ago Sunday, on Oct. 23, 2001, Apple has sold over 321 million iPods since it hit the market on Nov. 10, 2001, according to Apple's fourth quarter results recorded in October.
This is a major, major breakthrough, Jobs said at an event in Apple's headquarters 10 years ago today.
The iPod was conceptualized by Jobs but, according to Wired, created by engineer Tony Fadell and former head of hardware division Jon Rubinstein, along with others who provided input. Looking for a way to sell more Mac computers and, amidst the Napster crazy early in the millennium, eradicate clunky portable music players, Jobs commissioned the one year project.
The iPod was named by a freelance copywriter, Vinnie Chieco, inspired by the movie 2001: A Space Oddyssey.
As soon as I saw the white iPod, I thought 2001, Chieco told Wired in 2006. Open the pod bay door, Hal!
The rest was history, as they say; Apple then added the i prefix to all of its products, which has a double meaning, referring to i as in Internet or I as in me.
Initially, only Mac users benefitted from the device until 2002 when the iTunes Store was launched, bridging the gap between Mac and Windows users.
While the iPod revolutionized the music industry with the creation of iTunes, eliminating physical media almost entirely, the iPod itself underwent dramatic transformations over the decade. Starting off by storing media on an internal hard drive with the first generation, the iPod since has used flash memory to store media, enabling the creation of smaller models like the iPod Nano and Shuffle.
Countless redesigns, including small devices and touch screens, and the inclusion of iPod capabilities to the iPhone have expanded the iPod product line. Still, though, the iPod classic, which hasn't been updated since 2007, still resembles that first iPod from a decade ago.
View the slideshow to see the transformation of the iPod over the past 10 years and view the videos below to see the first iPod commercials.