The original iPod was released exactly 15 years ago on Oct. 23, 2001. Steve Jobs’s pitch was simple: 1,000 digital songs in a sleek device about the size of a deck of cards.
Then with the iTunes Store, Apple revolutionized and legitimized music downloads. As the iPod grew more popular and opened up to support Windows, Apple added more models (Nano, Shuffle and Touch). The rest is history.