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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?

Apple’s iPod and its variants are among the most influential personal appliances of the 21st century. This first generation iPod is a small, elegant form. The tactile appeal of the milky, translucent face is reinforced by simple shapes and contours inviting one to touch the controls—the user interface is an innovative mechanical scroll wheel rather than traditional buttons. 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... more

This is a digital music player from United States. It is dated 2001 and we acquired it in 2009. Gift of David and Kelly Theresa Linton.

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Its medium is

plastic, polycarbonate, stainless steel

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 10.4 x 6.1 x 1.9 cm (4 1/8 x 2 3/8 x 3/4 in.)

This object was manufactured by Apple Computer, Inc. and design director: Jonathan Ive and designed by Apple Industrial Design Team

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18733525/ |title=iPod Digital Music Player, 2001 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=23 May 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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