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Music in your pocket

When the iPod was released in 2001, it was not the first portable digital music player, nor did it have broad appeal, as it could download music from Macs only. But the innovative click wheel interface made the iPod easier to use than many of its competitors.

In October 2003, Apple made the iPod part of a devastating larger strategy when it released both iTunes for Windows and the iTunes Music Store, offering listeners an affordable and legal way to get music off the Internet. Seven years later, Apple sold its ten billionth song, as well as more than 220 million iPods, including such models as the Mini, Nano, Shuffle and Touch.

First iPod

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