The iPod is Apple's range of portable MP3 players and the first device was released in October 2001. It can also serve as an external data storage device for other files, with capacity varying by range from 2GB to 160GB. The MP3 players use the iTunes software for the transfer of music, photos, videos and the set-up.
Apple decided to develop the iPad because other digital music players at the time were 'big and clunky or small and useless'ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ and had 'unbelievably awful'ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ user interfaces. The first device was designed by Jon Rubinstein, Apple's hardware engineering chief, under the instruction of then CEO Steve Jobs.
Over the years the design and features of the iPod have been revised and updated. The iPod Mini was introduced, and models then began to introduce colour displays and different finishes. There has also been a special edition of the iPod 5G for rock band U2.
Models of iPod include the iPod Touch, iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, iPod Classic and iPod Mini. There are variations in terms of size, colour, capacity with each, but they all operate in essentially the same way.
There are all sorts of accessories available for iPod MP3 players. These include docking stations and speaker docks so that the device can be used to play music aloud, a variety of different headphones, cases and socks, chargers and so on.
The iPod is popular the world over and is used by people to give them entertainment in all sorts of situations, from sitting on the bus to running.