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Music: The iPod


The iPod began a revolution in portable, cool music players. But it's now beyond music; you can store photos, watch videos, even play games on today's iPods. Uploaded by fanpop.com.

Later this year, the iPod will celebrate its 10th birthday. Of all the products Apple has created that have changed our lives, none might be as revolutionary as this music player. It’s hard to imagine a world without a music player that will fit in your pocket, and yet until a decade ago you had to buy a CD and have the player with you. As it has done consistently, Apple changed everything.

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Of course, Apple has refined its breakthrough product, making it smaller and lighter while increasing its memory and usability. Now the iPod is a place to store photos, watch videos, even play games. And the technology has been incorporated into other Apple products, including the iPad and iPhone.

Another revolution the iPod helped create is the ability to build a music library a song at a time. Maybe you like one song on a CD, but don’t really care about the rest. Previously, you had to either buy the whole thing or do without. But now, you can buy just the songs you like, and customize your music library. I do, however, feel a little sorry for those who’ve grown up with this technology, taking it for granted. If you’ve lived, as I have, through the evolution of records to tapes to CDs, you have a much greater appreciation for the creative genius of Apple, and the wonder of the iPod.

Person: Steve Jobs

He was young, good-looking, smart, rich, and well-coiffed. He's still smart and rich. Uploaded by cache.gawker.com.

Steve Jobs is just one of the people whose innovative thinking led to our immersion in computers in every phase of our lives. He didn’t invent the personal computer, but he made it stylish, fresh, fun, and cool.

Of course, lots of people contribute to the creation of any product or company, but it’s not a stretch to assert that without Steve Jobs, there would be no user-friendly personal computer. (He developed the first, Apple Macintosh.) No miniature music player. (He created the iPod.) No online music store where virtually any song can be found and owned. (iTunes is his baby). No Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., or Cars. (He changed Pixar from a computer graphics company into a movie studio.) And no cell phone with a touch screen that could perform thousands of tasks. (The iPhone is revolutionizing the cell phone industry.)

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Jobs has surely made over a billion dollars personally from these inventions. As you’d probably expect, anyone with such an obsession with excellence is a Type A personality, and it’s said Jobs isn’t the easiest person to work for. Someone once said, “He would have made an excellent king of France.” In recent years, however, he’s experienced health problems, having to undergo a liver transplant in early 2009. Perhaps a greater recognition of his mortality has helped to mellow this genius out.

He’s received a slew of honors, including being named most powerful person in business by Fortune Magazine in 2007. And in November, 2009 the magazine selected Jobs as CEO of the Decade. He summed up his business philosophy this way: “There’s an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. ‘I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.’ And we’ve always tried to do that at Apple. Since the very very beginning. And we always will.”