We’ve all thought about it as we scroll through our many iPod songs: what do the letters in iPod stand for? Do they stand for anything? Or, is this just another catchy Apple name? Well, the answers to these questions depend on the source. So, let’s explore the proposed answers to the iPod question.
First of all, let’s go into what an iPod does. It’s a portable device that allows you to hold thousands of songs on a little machine. This was one of the first players that allowed you to take your music anywhere without having to carry multiple CDs or a boom box.
The first obvious answer is that it’s an acronym for something. Well, each letter may not stand for something, but the "i" in iPod definitely has significance. It’s been proposed that the "i" actually refers to Internet. It's also been suggested that it just follows the Apple pattern of naming all of its creations. For example, the iBook, iTunes and iMac all start with the letter "i".
This "i" has become a symbol of Apple itself. Many people believe that the letter stands for intelligent or even interface.
The Pod part of the name may actually be an acronym for something too. For example, many people think it means portable open database (POD). So, the iPod name could stand for interactive portable open database.
Steve Jobs has even joked in an interview saying the "i" in front of Pod actually stands for idiot. But, no one really gives credence to this theory.