Digital Music Player, "iPod", 2001 Polycarbonate, stainless steel. Gift of David and Kelly Theresa Linton. 2009-49-1.
What is this?
Rectangular form; white front having rectangular read-out screen above circular scroll wheel with central button, and surrounded by circle made up of four raised, curved segments: the top segment with "menu", the remaining segments (starting at right, going clockwise) with symbols for forward, pause, and back. Back of silver-colored plastic with Apple logo and product information. Control switches and jacks on top.
Why is this in our collection?
From Acquisition Justification: "Apple's iPod and its variants are among the most influential personal appliances of the twenty-first century. The iPod technology and distinctive, universally recognizable design make this portable media player important in the continuum of industrial design. Apple Computer, Inc. founded in 1976, by Stephen Wozniak and Steve Jobs (now CEO of the firm), 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... more