There’s been a lot of talk this past week about one of Apple’s most important inventions of all time: the iPhone.
And while the iPhone — and more specifically, the App store — changed the way we viewed what a phone could do, there’s another Apple product that caused just as must disruption: the iPod. The version of the iPod that most of us remember today wasn’t the one introduced in 2001. It’s the Classic version, which was technically the sixth-generation iPod, that we can attribute our fondest music memories to (I’m speaking to those who weren’t born after 2000 and therefore have no memory attached to an iPod or iPod Classic).
It’s important to remember just how vital a role the iPod Classic played in our lives and there’s no better way to do that than by looking at how many people still use it, including visionary creators like Hideo Kojima, Rian Johnson and Baby Driver director Edgar Wright.
True story. I have never stopped using my iPod. pic.twitter.com/0lV3LUlEtR— edgarwright (@edgarwright) July 2, 2017
And just to show how much Baby Driver director Edgar Wright loves his iPod Classic, here’s another tweet from just last week.
Confession. I still use my actual iPod Classic. pic.twitter.com/N0657wk9No— edgarwright (@edgarwright) June 25, 2017
Much like how the iPhone disrupted, well, our very existence, the iPod Classic completely revolutionized the music industry.
The iPod Classic was one of the first times hordes of people were purchasing MP3 players to replace Walkman and other portable CD players as a way of listening to music. With iTunes offering up a way for people to easily purchase, download and store music — along with a number of illegal download and sharing sites like Limewire (another reference for a very specific age bracket) — the iPod Classic was too good to pass up.
Since the iPod Classic’s discontinuation in 2014, the device has become somewhat of a relic. Still, it remains the preferred MP3 player for many people. Part of that has to do with the storage options. Later iterations of the device released in 2009 allowed users to store up to 160 GB of music. That’s more than any other iPod or iPhone in existence and, for true audiophiles, nothing comes close to it.
Getting personal for a second, the iPod Classic is also my favorite, go-to MP3 player for multiple reasons, but I credit it as being the source of my obsession with music. I was able to continuously build my library without having to delete old tracks to make room for new artists I had discovered. It’s size meant I could carry it with me wherever I went and it made long car rides with my parents far more bearable. I have a lot of love for the iPod Classic — much like Kojima, Wright, Johnson and Gunn — and I get why Wright would make it a core character in Baby Driver.
It’s the iPod, many have argued, that is actually the best character in the movie.
The iPod Classic turns 10 this September and, although a lot has changed in the past decade, it’s pretty great to see that some aspects of technology will remain constant.