The massively popular portable music player from Apple Inc. known to the world as the iPod has celebrated its 10th birthday yesterday.
Launched 10 years ago on Oct 23, 2001, the iPod was not the first MP3 player released in the market. But, the way Apple made the gadget and marketed it - well - that's how it turned into a mass market product within a very short span of time.
According to various reports, when the late Steve Jobs was first showed the first iPod prototype, he was not too amused, and told the engineers that the device was too big in size. To this, the engineering team told him that they could make it as small as it was possible on their part. After hearing this, Mr. Jobs reportedly paused for a moment, and then dropped the device in a fish tank.
Apparently, bubble started to come out of the device as soon it sank in the water. The Apple co-founder and CEO then replied by saying that if there was air inside the device that meant there was space too. He ordered the engineering team again, "Make it smaller". The first iPod was launched 10 years ago with a price tag of $399.