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iPod mini Digital Music Player, 2005

This is a Digital music player. It was designed by Apple Industrial Design Team and manufactured by Apple Computer, Inc. and the design director was Jonathan Ive. It is dated 2005 and we acquired it in 2009. Its medium is anodized aluminum, polycarbonate, abs plastic. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Apple’s iPod and its variants are among the most influential personal appliances of the 21st century.
Apple Computer, Inc., founded in 1976, by Stephen Wozniak and Steve Jobs, was well established as an innovator in the personal computer field by the time British designer, Jonathan Ive, joined the company in 1992. Ive rose to become the Senior Vice President of Industrial Design and, under his design direction in 1998–99, Apple introduced the iMac and iBook personal computer and laptop lines noted for their bulging, translucent, gumdrop-colored housings. By 2001, the year the iPod was introduced as Apple’s entry into the growing personal digital music player market, Ive’s designs had shifted to a more minimalist aesthetic. The sleek, smooth forms in titanium or aluminum used for Apple’s powerful computer products were geared toward the business world, while glossy white casings were intended for the consumer market. The original iPod, with its iconic thin rectangular shape, white face, and chrome-colored back, characterized this style.
Building on the iPod’s technology and success, Apple introduced the first of its smaller iterations, the iPod Mini, in 2004. The Mini featured a slimmer rectangular body with gently curved sides that fit easily in the palm of the hand and was available in several colors (silver, pink, pale green, and blue).
The Mini introduced an innovative click wheel control; set flush in the Mini's face below the digital screen, the click wheel is minimal and intuitive, utilizing only the word "menu" along with three simple directional symbols on its white surface. It is smoother in look and operation than its predecessors—the mechanical scroll wheel and touch-sensitive wheel—and complements the clean lines of the Mini. Despite its popularity, the Mini was discontinued a little over a year after its introduction, superseded by the even smaller Nano, which returned to the simple white design of the classic iPod.

This object was donated by Judy Francis Zankel. It is credited Gift of Judy Francis Zankel.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 9.3 x 5.2 x 1.4 cm (3 11/16 x 2 1/16 x 9/16 in.)

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iPod mini Digital Music Player, 2005; Designed by Apple Industrial Design Team (United States); USA; anodized aluminum, polycarbonate, abs plastic; H x W x D: 9.3 x 5.2 x 1.4 cm (3 11/16 x 2 1/16 x 9/16 in.); Gift of Judy Francis Zankel; 2009-43-1

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