First introduced in 2001, the Apple iPod revolutionized the market for portable media players.
The models have come a long way over the years. For example, the iPod touch is not only perfect for playing music, but it also sports the highly coveted iOS.
With its robust operating system, you can use an Apple iPod to do a lot more than just play your favorite tunes. You can also use iPods to surf the web, play games, videos, and communicate.
What kind of customer did the iPod appeal to?
The ideal candidate for an Apple iPod would be a user who wants a portable media player along with more powerful functions. These devices are extremely popular with kids and parents love them because they don’t require a data plan.
As far as the iPod’s popularity, it reigns supreme as the single most widely used MP3 player worldwide.
One thing to keep in mind is that while the iPod touch has brought a lot more functionality to the table in terms of features, it can also be more difficult to use compared to earlier models.
The iPod from 2001 looks like a very distant cousin to its modern counterparts. Although its functions were mostly restricted to music, it was much more intuitive.
The iPod’s competition
While the iPod has proven itself to be the undisputed leader in MP3 players, Microsoft Zune gave Apple some competition. Competitively priced, the Zune has most of the functionality of an iPod. For Apple diehards, however, iOS remains a major attraction. More frugal users who just want a reliable MP3 player for their music plus a few bells and whistles might find that the Zune has everything they need.
The takeaway here is that while the Apple iPod has a great reputation and an impressive suite of features, the price won’t be worth it for everyone. With options like Microsoft’s Zune out there, the choice will ultimately come down to personal preference.