Apple sells 100 millionth iPod

Apple has announced it has sold the 100 millionth iPod – the first iPod was sold five and a half years ago, in November 2001. Since then Apple has introduced more than 10 new iPod models, including five generations of iPod, two generations of iPod mini, two generations of iPod nano and two generations of iPod shuffle. "At this historic milestone, we want to thank music lovers everywhere for making iPod such an incredible success. iPod has helped millions of people around the world rekindle their passion for music, and we're thrilled to be a part of that," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO.

The iPod has also sparked an unprecedented ecosystem of over 4,000 accessories made specifically for the iPod that range from fashionable cases to speaker systems, and more than 70% of 2007-model US automobiles currently offer iPod connectivity. The iTunes Store features the world's largest online catalog with over five million songs, 350 television shows and over 400 movies. It has sold over 2.5 billion songs, 50 million TV shows and over 1.3 million movies, making it the world's most popular online music, TV and movie store.

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More storage space, better design, more compatible, lower cost, etc. Also just because money is no object for you that doesn't mean it's the same for everyone else. I work hard for my money, I'm not going to spend it on a product just because it's "cool" when there are better products available for a lower price.

You don't understand what I am saying. I'm saying that not everyone chooses the iPod because it is cool. All the reasons you are listing that the ipod is "put to shame" by the creative are YOUR reasons. They may be valid, but I don't care about that stuff.

All I was trying to say was that it isn't fair to lump all iPod owners into a "sheep" category when there are many of us who have researched other players, and reached the conclusion that the iPod fits our lives better (for now).

Miran said,
You don't understand what I am saying. I'm saying that not everyone chooses the iPod because it is cool. All the reasons you are listing that the ipod is "put to shame" by the creative are YOUR reasons. They may be valid, but I don't care about that stuff.

All I was trying to say was that it isn't fair to lump all iPod owners into a "sheep" category when there are many of us who have researched other players, and reached the conclusion that the iPod fits our lives better (for now).

I'll agree with ya on that. I got the new Shuffle mostly for it's size and storage. Suits me just fine.

Spartan_X said,

gadget? yes it may be, but now days the iPod is more of a fashion and status statement than anything else... I'd seen people buying iPods and they didn't even have a computer, they just borrow one at work or somewhere else just for the sake of looking "cool"... :P
Not entirely true. Sure to some extent its a fashion item but if I was buying an MP3 player today it would be a 60GB iPod. It may not have as many features but after owning an mp3player with radio capabilities I have come to the realisation that I havent once used the radio, infact I havent used anything but audio (mine supports video too). Secondly aside from features, the iPod is still more or less the smallest HD based player out there. For something which is portable this is very important to me. They may scratch however I'd have it in a case. You may argue a case negates any advantage here but regardless of it being a Zune, Creative whatever I'd have a case so any size advantage will still be reflected overall.

So yeah, I think they are very capable products. I dont need or want some crippled wifi or whatever, just a light and small player with good capacity and acceptable audio performance and I think the iPod would achieve that.

What is so wrong with having a music player that works and looks nice? I like how everyone seems to think that having a fashionable (which is a pretty questionable word to describe it) is a terrible thing.

We have people on this site that spend hundreds of hours and spend hundreds of dollars modding their computer cases, their desktops, their cars...etc. But once you want to have a good looking music player, it becomes taboo.

Maybe not everyone wants to carry around a brick like the Zune.

SomeAzn said,
What is so wrong with having a music player that works and looks nice? I like how everyone seems to think that having a fashionable (which is a pretty questionable word to describe it) is a terrible thing.

We have people on this site that spend hundreds of hours and spend hundreds of dollars modding their computer cases, their desktops, their cars...etc. But once you want to have a good looking music player, it becomes taboo.

Maybe not everyone wants to carry around a brick like the Zune.


so, I bet you can mod the case of your iPod and use the music you bought from another music store and you can also play a gazillion formats of audio AND video...

besides, I'd never seen any of those people that spend thousands on home electronics going to a party where the music is really loud wearing their computer case around the neck and a pair of white hearphones...

I saw a usability study about what features people use the most from the iPod... #1 music, #2 media storage and #3 it helps me to pick up girls/boys/or both... :cheeky:

1. You can mod your iPod case. I don't but people do. You can buy already modded iPods from colorware.com.
2. I rip all my CDs.
3. All my music is in mp3 format.

Can't think of a better music player than the iPod for me.

befoer i got my iPod, i checked out the other stores, i didnt care for them, especially their interface / prices at the time. and i didnt care for how the other players looked. i checked out iTunes, liked it, got an iPod. i dont care or use any other store.

To the argument about looks, would you buy a car that looks and drives like crap. but could use so many fuels ?

Spartan_X said,
so, I bet you can mod the case of your iPod and use the music you bought from another music store and you can also play a gazillion formats of audio AND video... :rolleyes:

You serious? I could've swore any review i've found on the web states different. The Creative brand mp3 players for one, trashes it on sound quality. that, amongst other things.

C.net did a study where they hooked up all kinds of music players and tested the quality of music output. The iPod beat Creative most of the time. I posted the link in the forums a while back.

305 said,
You serious? I could've swore any review i've found on the web states different. The Creative brand mp3 players for one, trashes it on sound quality. that, amongst other things.

I think that "trashes" is a harsh word. The difference between sound quality is NEGLIGIBLE between the high-end media players like iPod and Creative Zen Vision...

I own a Creative Zen Vision:M btw, but I wouldn't mind buying an iPod, and my next purchase might infact be one. It's smaller than a Zen, has an 80GB version now, has an improved battery and has better software (like gapless playback!)

Most iPod users uses stock earbuds, I hope that's an indication of something.

They have to. If people don't see them wearing those white earbuds they won't know that they are trendy and cool.

Caleb said,
I own a Creative Zen Vision:M btw, but I wouldn't mind buying an iPod, and my next purchase might infact be one. It's smaller than a Zen, has an 80GB version now, has an improved battery and has better software (like gapless playback! )

Your Zen doesn't have gapless? And it was produced when (looks and finds Best of CES 2006 award)? Any player that doesn't support gapless by now is crap, pure and simple. Which is one reason why I got a Rio Karma years ago (because the iPod didn't handle gapless back in the day).

chconline said,
Most iPod users uses stock earbuds, I hope that's an indication of something.
If thats true for the iPod I bet its true for any other player and if not it probably just reflects even more poorly on the headphones being shipped with the players rather than any non iPod user being particularly savvy or anything.

Congratulations Apple, it just goes to show that if you get the design basics right you can stay ahead even after the rip offs enter the market.

doubt it, the cellphone market its really competive, even best sellers like the k800 / n73 sell in a year 4.5 millions only...
nokia sold 100 millions music phones in just a year...but they have tons of model to choose from, the iphone will likely have the fate of the imac/macbook.

Joseph21 said,
the iphone will likely have the fate of the imac/macbook.

Meaning become one of the most desirable, iconic, highest-margin products in the category, with an ever-increasing sales rate? Mr. Jobs can only hope so

maxim303 said,
Meaning become one of the most desirable, iconic, highest-margin products in the category, with an ever-increasing sales rate? Mr. Jobs can only hope so :)

I think the word you were looking for is "over priced".

d3v said,

I think the word you were looking for is "over priced".


Thanks for the assistance, but I said exactly what I meant. How is the 30gb iPod overpriced when comparing to a similar capacity Zune?

I have no idea what that means, but it's neither negative or positive... So what if people need to replace the battery after a year or two? It's not like they're that expensive, unlike laptop batteries.

simon360 said,
I have no idea what that means, but it's neither negative or positive... So what if people need to replace the battery after a year or two? It's not like they're that expensive, unlike laptop batteries.
The problem is that iPod batteries are a pain in the rear to replace where a laptop can be just snapped in.

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