Our memories of the iPod


It’s official. iPod is over. Twenty years later, Apple announced this week that it was discontinuing the end product of the brand that defined the music player in the mid-2000s and helped Apple achieve mainstream success.

many of us The Verge I have good memories of the days I spent using the music player during those 20 years. So we decided to record some of them to reflect not only how great that music player was, but also how important a device it was in our lives. at that time. Moreover, we have suffered a lot of destruction or “disappearing” from these things.

I remember buying an iPod, rediscovering it, bringing it back to life, and sometimes losing it.


I have two iPod stories. One is the first story I got and the other is the last story I bought new.

My first MP3 player was actually 2GB Walkmanbut as soon as you see “nano color” advertisement For the 4th generation iPod Nano, I decided to buy it. The biggest problem was that I was 12 years old and $149 was many So I spent months collecting allowances, money from mowing and gift certificates. When I finally had enough, I marched to Toys R Us and picked the blue one. I finally bought my first iPod.

I didn’t take the sales tax into account and I was short of a few dollars. The cashier must have realized how shattered I had been because he offered me the greatest kindness I had ever experienced as a child. The battery no longer charges but I still have my iPod.

Years later, I was a typical technical teenager with a jailbroken and refurbished 4th generation iPod Touch. At one time I used the jailbreak tool Cydia to remove what was obviously essential and was unable to fully restore my iPod to a working condition. A few months later, I decided to dig the device out of my closet and restore it again. It worked miraculously and my iPod went back to its iOS 5 default running state.

The next day, as I got out of my very nice minivan, it slipped out of my pocket and fell onto a concrete driveway, shattering the screen. Really RIP. – Mitchell Clark


The iPod was the first “cool” device I owned. I had other lousy MP3 players, a Diamond Rio and an Archos Jukebox, but I bought a gold iPod Mini. It was able to do 4 gigs and was smaller than its competitors at the time, but it felt small, fast, and magical. Best of all, it didn’t skip every time the car crashed like other hard drive based players I’ve had.

Mini carried with me for years until it was stolen from a car in a high school parking lot. (I can still remember exactly where my car was parked, the weather that day, everything about the moment I discovered was gone.) I couldn’t afford another car, so I went back to another unit. Even though they actually have a lot more music, it was lousy. But as long as I had the white headphones, I kept them because it felt like I had an iPod. Until I hit a pothole and things skip the track. – David Pierce


5th generation iPod.
Photo by Amelia Holwaty Krales / The Verge

My first iPod was a 5th generation iPod video. The first-generation iPod came out in my freshman year of high school, and for years I was envious of all the rich kids showing off their skills between classes. When I was in 3rd grade, I basically made a PowerPoint for my dad, detailing my grades and stupid high school achievements. My father said nothing, and I blankly yielded to my fate.

A few weeks later, when a parcel from Apple arrived at my doorstep, I was utterly amazed. Father had a smile on his face. He knew I was a goth teenager, so that was the black version too. (Despite the fact that he wanted me to stop being Goth with every fiber of his existence). My father was a stoic person, so he didn’t say anything other than ‘enjoy’. Needless to say, I put as many movies and songs as possible on the baby. It was my companion during my late night study hours and my hour-long commute. But often confused when my parents go through a messy breakup, that’s what I turned to.

You could talk about a gloomy teenager who listens to her aunt’s music when her parents break up in an explosive way. But being able to wear headphones and play music without being disturbed by notifications and apps was a huge comfort.

My iPod Video lasted about 3 years until I dropped it in India one day. At the time, I was very addicted to the buggy interface and the click wheel I didn’t want to work with anymore. I wanted a new iPod touch. But my poor, loyal iPod Video, shattered on the sidewalk, made me cry.

I brought it home and kept it in a box for several years. I couldn’t throw it away. Then I forgot about it for almost 10 years and, oddly enough, found it in 2018 when I was cleaning out my trash. My father had just passed away, but it was one of the most precious gifts he gave me when I missed him the most. – Reminds me of how much he loved me, even if I can’t express it. And maybe, perhaps, what I discovered that day was because my father comforted me from beyond the grave. – Victoria Song


My “first iPod” story is very similar to David’s. My first MP3 player was a Rio that could only hold a few songs, and for some reason one of them was a James Bond themed remix, I remember very strongly. My iPod Mini in glorious baby blue was a huge upgrade. It can store a lot more songs than my Rio and was fun to use. I still miss the scroll wheel! (I don’t know if I put a James Bond song.) It’s one of my favorite gadgets, and I still want to have it. – J. Peters


An Apple iPod mini in an Apple Computer store in Soho.

ipod mini.
Photo by Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

The iPod Mini was my first iPod, and I’m sure it helped with some hearing loss. I used it every day, tucked it into its convenient plastic cradle, tucked it into my waistband, and drummed to the beat of my favorite music as I learned to play, a hobby that helped further my hearing loss. The iPod also rode with the family’s tractor, which had to mow the lawn every week. This was a chore that probably contributed to the hearing loss. There are no surprising stories to tell about the ownership of this iPod. went everywhere with me, brick game guts. – Cameron Faulkner


My first iPod was my first iPod. And it was bought by my mother as a sweet attempt to encourage me. I was happy to have a lot of storage in one device and an MP3 player out of the box that works with iTunes. I used it constantly and sometimes connected it to one of those horrible tape decks, sometimes to one of those horrible FM transmitters. Music took me on a 12-hour round trip from college and relieved the pain of having all my music in one place when I lost my favorite mix CD in a parking lot at Dillard in Tulahoma, Tennessee.

A screenshot of a conversation in iMessage.  The sender asks:

A disappearance investigation.
Screenshot: Alex Crans

Then one day it disappeared. It was not in my wallet. It wasn’t in my car. I wasn’t in my bedroom. I was definitely not in my dorm room because I was home on summer vacation from college. It simply disappeared. I got a much cheaper iPod Shuffle to replace it, but it wasn’t nearly as good. For years I’ve been wondering if my brother has been sneaking around to look cool on other high school students.

I recently attempted to investigate this long-standing mystery, but the results of the investigation were inconclusive. – Alex Crans


My first iPod was a 40GB Click Wheel model. I bought it on eBay in 2005 in like new condition. What I like most is not the large storage space, the glossy finish protected by the griffin transparent case, or the plain fancy stuff. My favorite was the top-mounted FM radio transmitter accessory called the iTrip. It looked like a water tank plugged into a headphone jack, but somehow seemed like a natural extension of the iPod. Since your iPod battery is dead, you can get in your friend’s car and have them adjust to the 87.9. That was great, as many cars don’t yet have Aux jacks or Bluetooth.

When the iPod with video came out, I knew I had to have it. So I sold my iPod on eBay and bought my first new Apple product, a black 60GB 5th generation iPod. I really wanted to protect this iPod, so I took it to a shopping mall kiosk with a clear plastic protector. It was a big mistake. They used a razor blade to cut around the iPod wheel and scrape it completely. They weren’t responsible for it, so in their grief they sold it on eBay. I haven’t been able to afford another new Apple device for a while, but in the meantime I’ve been playing MP3s on Windows Mobile devices such as: Cingular / HTC 2125 and on Game Boy Advance Licensed MP3 Player Accessories Comes with a 32MB compact flash card. – Umar Shakyr


I grew up hating Apple because I was very interested in games and PCs as a child, and I have a stupid tendency to hate Apple products. I initially ridiculed the early iPods in favor of the Discman. I was the embodiment of this penny arcade comic strip. I haven’t tried or used an iPod in a long time, but I’ve been a bit supportive of the “virtually” style rhetoric that it doesn’t even have good sound quality. When downloading MP3s became a lifestyle, my eyes were trained on strange players from different brands such as: iriver and even Intel. (How fitting is it to think “Intel!” as an annoying PC fan?)

I didn’t have money in high school, but in the early days of college Creative Nomad Jukebox Zen It was basically a laptop hard drive in an ugly plastic shell with a tiny black and white screen. It was like an inexpensive portable storage cellar that was publicly ridiculed at a friend’s drunken basement party when it was my turn to plug it in. I’m secretly envious of their sleek iPod, certainly not bullshit at them. No, not at all.

My strong and erroneous views on Apple products began to subside when I started using my Mac in college photography classes, and eventually I picked up my first and only iPod. Lime Green 3rd Generation iPod Shuffle. I bought it cheap on eBay for running use, and of course it didn’t bounce. But despite the flawed and buttonless design, I liked it. I still have it, and when I find the annoying 3.5mm to USB charger, I see if I can remember the earbud button sequence to power it on and control play, pause, skip and rewind.

Or maybe you shouldn’t do it because you shudder at the thought of what edgy music there might still be in that piece of music. – Antonio G. di Benedetto


My first iPod was passed down to me by my sister. It was a black iPod Classic full of disturbing songs that 7th graders shouldn’t have approached, like Panic! at the disco Lying is the funniest thing a woman can do without taking her clothes off.

That little machine was with me through all of the most awkward and emo stages I’ve ever tried. Things didn’t change when I finally got my own second-generation blue iPod Nano. I connected it to the family computer and loaded my sister’s aunt song collection in iTunes to get copies of all the songs. P!ATD, the academyAnd bring back sunday A song a teenage girl can hope for.

My iPod is now collecting dust somewhere in my parents house. Wherever you are with your iPod, we want you to feel comfortable. blue socks i bought you – Emma Ross

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