Apple announced today that it has sold its 100 millionth
iPod music player. The first iPod was launched in November 2001 and has gone on
to become the "it device" when it comes to portable music players and
commands over 75% of the digital audio player market. The iPod family has
changed the way we view digital music and the signature white headphones can be
seen everywhere from subways to gyms to college campuses.
"At this historic milestone, we want to thank music
lovers everywhere for making iPod such an incredible success," said Apple
CEO Steve Jobs. "iPod has helped millions of people around the world
rekindle their passion for music, and we’re thrilled to be a part of
Apple notes that five and half years after the iPod
introduction, over 4,000 accessories are custom tailored to the iPod and that
more than 70% of 2007 model year automobiles available in the U.S. feature iPod
connectivity. The company also signed up six airlines in
November 2006 to provide in-flight iPod connectivity in individual seats.
Apple’s current family consists of the iPod, iPod Nano and
iPod Shuffle. Prices for these players start at $249, $149 and $79 USD
quote: ...but I wonder if opening it up will hurt or help on the hardware front?