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Remembering The Ipod Good Old times


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It’s officially: the iPod has ended. After more than 20 years of existence, Apple announced this week that it would be ending the final product with the same name that established the music player in the mid-2000s and was instrumental in propelling Apple into the mainstream.

Many of us here of us at The Verge are nostalgic about our experiences with music players during the past two decades, so we decided to record a few of them down to be reflective not just about the great music player it was, but it was also a crucial gadget it was to us at the moment. We’ve also accumulated many scars due to the devices being destroyed and “going missing.”

Here are some of our fond memories of purchasing iPods and re-discovering them, bringing them back to their original form, and going through the motions of losing them.

I have two iPod stories: one about the first one I ever got and another about the last one I purchased new.

The first player I owned was a two-GB Walkman; however, the moment I noticed the “Nano-chromatic” ad for the fourth generation iPod Nano, I decided to purchase it. The biggest issue for me was that I’m only 12 and $149 was an awful amount in my budget. I had to scrape together allowances and money from lawn mowing and gift card purchases. Once I could save enough, I walked into Toys R Us and picked the blue one. Then, I was set to buy the first one of my iPods.

I had not thought about sales tax, and I was left with just a few dollars. The cashier must have been aware of how devastated I was since they offered to pay the rest. It was probably the most generous gesture of generosity I’ve seen in my entire life. I have the iPod, even though its battery can no longer hold a charge.

It was a couple of years, and I was the typical teen geek with a jailbroken and modified iPod Touch fourth generation. At some point, I decided to uninstall something I thought was important using the jailbreaking software Cydia but was in a position not to be able to bring the iPod to its working state. After a while, I decided to pull the device from my cupboard and give it a second chance. It worked miraculously, and my iPod was restored to the stock version of iOS 5.

The next day, when I was getting out of my excellent minivan, it flew out of my pockets and crashed into the driveway, shattering the screen. RIP to an actual one. – Mitchell Clark

The iPod was the first “cool” gadget I ever owned. I had a string of crappy other MP3 players, a Diamond Rio and an Archos Jukebox, but I bought a gold iPod Mini. It held four gigs of music, which felt like less than some of its competitors, but it was tiny and fast, and the thing felt like magic. It didn’t skip every time the car hit a bump like a bunch of the other hard drive-based players I had.

The Mini travelled with me everywhere for a long time until it was taken from my car at my high school’s parking lot. (I remember precisely the location of my car and what the weather was like the day it was stolen, and everything else about the moment I realized that it had disappeared.) I didn’t have the money to buy another, so I reverted to other devices, and they all seemed poor, even though they contained a lot more music. I kept the white headphones since it felt as if I owned an iPod when I had them. Then I stepped on a pothole, and the iPod started to skip tracks. David Pierce David Pierce

Aizaz khan
Aizaz khan
Aizaz was the first person to get a byline on his blog on technology from his home in Bannu in 2017. Then, he went on to a career in breaking things professionally at my electric sparks which is where he eventually took over the kit as a hardware editor. Today, as the senior editor of hardware for my electric sparks, he spends time reporting about the most recent developments in the hardware industry and technology. If he's not reporting on hardware or electronics, you'll see him trying to be as remote from the world of technology as possible through camping in the wild.


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