Friday, October 23, 2009

This Day In History: iPod Unveiled

It is difficult to walk through the Library without noticing students listening to their iPods and MP3 players. (Remember to keep the volume on your music turned low, so you don't disturb others!) These little listening devices seem to be everywhere, but they were just introduced on this day in 2001, when the iPod player was officially launched by Apple Corporation.

You may remember the Walkman (portable cassette tape player) or the Discman (portable compact disc player), but the iPod was an entirely new way to store music. It saves songs as computer files, thus cutting out the need to carry around tons of cassettes or CDs. The player itself is tiny, so it is easy to bring along to school, the beach, on an airplane or anywhere!

The iPod not only influenced the computer industry, but also the engineering and music industries. Check out some of these Library resources to learn more about the iPod and how it has changed society so far.

iPod: The Missing Manual
by J.D. Biersdorfer
E-BOOK (Online)

The iPod Book: Doing Cool Stuff With the iPod and the iTunes Store
by Scott Kelby
E-BOOK (Online)

Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age
by Steve Knopper
ML 3790 .K57 2009 New Books

Sound Moves: iPod Culture and Urban Experience
by Michael Bull
ML 3916 .B85 2007 Stacks

Playback: From the Victrola to MP3, 100 Years of Music, Machines, and Money
by Mark Coleman
ML 3790 .C65 2003 Stacks

For more information, be sure to explore our databases, where there are numerous articles on the state of the music industry. Opposing Viewpoints contains argumentative essays. ProQuest and EBSCOhost provide access to thousands of articles from magazines and journals, all discussing various aspects of iPod technology and the music industry.

Images courtesy of:
"Audiocassette tape." Online photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica. Web. 5 Oct. 2009 <>

"Compact disc player." Online photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica. Web. 5 Oct. 2009 <>.

"iPod." Online photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica. Web. 5 Oct. 2009 <>

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