Farewell Old Friend
Many did not notice that with the new iPhone launch this week, the original iPod design was officially retired by Apple. We knew it was coming and many were surprised to see it last as long as it did. When you think of halo devices this one has to be at the top of the list. Before I got the 4th gen model I was rocking a Creative Nomad Jukebox Zen. I was pretty happy with the device but it was clunky looking and the software on the device and the computer was really bad. So bad. In December of 2004, I purchased my first Apple product. Almost 10 years later I, or family members, have owned the iPod mini, iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, iMac, Macbook Pro, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and MacBook Air. I switched first at work with a Macbook Pro and since then many, if not the majority of the folks, on my floor have switched to Macs as their daily drivers. Were their folks with Macs as a daily driver on the floor before me, yep. But if you looked at the desktops on our floor in 2006 when I switched due to the Intel switch and today, the change is pretty impressive. Apple has had other halo devices come along that have pulled people in to the Apple ecosystem but for me it started with the iPod so I am a little sad to see it go. Farewell and thank you iPod.