The Early Years
At its inception, the iPod originally came in one design—the iPod classic. This iPod was advertised by Apple as a device that
could hold 1000 sounds in your pocket. However, the public’s desire for more soon came as people began to grow dissatisfied with the old model. In 2002, a new model was released with slightly more memory and a new touch-sensitive control wheel. The original iPod required more pressure to activate the touch wheel, as it was a mechanical design, but new technology allowed Apple to be the first ones to create the touch wheel. In 2003, Apple released a consecutive model with more memory capacity and with a slimmer look and feel. This iPod was relatively similar to the previous model, but it had perfected the touch wheel and threw in more memory.
2004 added a new style of iPod for a cheaper price; the iPod mini. Basically, it was the same iPod, but much smaller and with the capacity to hold a much smaller amount of MP3s. However, the smaller price appealed to many. Around the same time in 2004, the iPod released another classic edition with more memory and the capability to show photographs in color—a feature not seen until this point.
2007 was the final year for the classic iPod, now boasting up to 120GB of memory and with a much larger screen. By this time, however, the public had grown to love the other innovations that Apple had been developing for the iPod, leaving the iPod classic a forgotten memory for the most part.