Apple has sold its 100-millionth iPod, five and a half years after the first device was sold, the company revealed yesterday. The company says the device is the fastest selling music player in history, possibly beating the performance of the venerable Walkman in its 1980s heyday.
Since introducing the very first iPod, Apple has introduced more than 10 different iPod models, including five generations of iPod, two generations of iPod mini, two generations of iPod nano and two generations of iPod shuffle.
“iPod has helped millions of people around the world rekindle their passion for music and we’re thrilled to be a part of that,” said Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs.
It is estimated that the iPod has sparked an unprecedented ecosystem of over 4,000 accessories made specifically for the iPod that range from fashionable cases to spaker systems.
It is estimated that more than 70pc of 2007-model cars in the US offer iPod connectivity.
“It’s hard to remember what I did before the iPod,” said Mary J. Blige, Grammy Award-winning singer. “iPod is more than just a music player, it’s an extension of your personality and a great way to take your favorite music with you everywhere you go.”
By John Kennedy