Here’s To The Crazy Ones – Happy 12th Birthday, iPod!

The very first Apple iPod commercial . . . EVER!

On this very day in 2001, the original iPod was released and would soon change my life, and yours, forever. Not only did music listening become more convenient than we ever thought possible, but the music industry took a huge turn and would never, ever be the same.

CD stores slowly saw their demise. Radio relevance was under serious watch. The internet was inevitably becoming the main song hub, and MTV stopped playing music videos. What else changed? Album art. Record releases. Audio production. Sales. Careers. Lives. And EVERYTHING to follow.

There have been 24 different iPods released since it was first introduced to the world, and some believe it may now become obsolete. Within the last couple of weeks, Apple has released new iPhones, new iOS, new iPads, and new computers – but there has not been a new iPod in more than a year. While iTunes remains an incredibly powerful music source, users can now access it from many other devices more conveniently. Not to mention, they now have Spotify to worry about as well.

Whatever may happen to our dearest iPod, I can say with pure confidence that it’s had a great run. More than that, it transformed Apple from a computer company to a cultural phenomenon, changing the lives of everyone, everywhere. I continue to use my very first iPod, who recently saw his 6th birthday. Truthfully, I don’t know what I’d do without him (which reminds me – I should probably make sure all of my music is backed up). He’s been thrown around, scratched up and moves a little slower these days, but he’s still with me everywhere I go. And on replay, his songs remind me of the legend Steve Jobs created and so carefully left behind: to always innovate, and inspire; to stay hungry, and stay foolish; and to never stop dancing to the beat of your own drum.

“Here’s to the crazy ones — the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or villify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

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