The iPod turns 10 Monday, and it's no exaggeration to say that for better or worse, this little music player was responsible for completely changing the music industry.
The iPod wasn't the first MP3 player, but it was the first one to make people realize that a small music player could form the center of their music listening universe. In tandem with iTunes, it formed a completely new way to store and organize your music, even if the final nail in the coffin of the old paradigm wouldn't arrive until a little over a year later when the iTunes Store opened.
While the original idea of a simple music player has morphed into a complete line of devices including the iPod Nano, Shuffle and Touch, the spirit of the original lives on in the iPod Classic. Despite recent rumors of its early demise, the Classic soldiers on with 32 times the storage capacity and 3.6 times the battery life of the original.
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For me it will be a sad day if they ever do discontinue the iPod Classic. With its massive capacity for sucking up a giant music library, this is the real music lovers iPod, something the comparatively puny iPod Touch can't come close to matching.