This Public Service Announcement (PSA) deals with early generation iPod music players. If you own a first generation iPod with Scroll Wheel (2001), a second generation iPod with Touch Wheel (2002), or third generation iPod with Dock Connector (2003), you need the FireWire charging brick and a FireWire to Dock Connector cable or the FireWire/USB-A to Dock Connector dual-headed cable. The combo cable was pretty crazy: You connect the FireWire end into the charge brick and the USB-A end into your Mac or Windows PC so you could sync and charge your iPod at the same time.
When Apple announced that they were retiring the last iPod, the 7th Generation iPod touch from their product line up, like many of you, I pulled out my old “Classic” and “Touch” iPods to take a stroll down Memory Lane.
In my May 11 iPod look back, I was trying to charge my third-generation iPod with Dock Connector, I was doing so from an Apple USB-A charging brick. It wasn’t until I pulled out my FireWire charger and cables was I able to wake up my oldest iPod from it’s slumber.
With a loving tribute to the iPod touch, Apple gives their handheld music player line of products a well-deserved send off. In the Update posted to the Apple Newsroom page, Greg Joswiak is quoted as saying:
“Music has always been part of our core at Apple, and bringing it to hundreds of millions of users in the way iPod did impacted more than just the music industry — it also redefined how music is discovered, listened to, and shared,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Today, the spirit of iPod lives on. We’ve integrated an incredible music experience across all of our products, from the iPhone to the Apple Watch to HomePod mini, and across Mac, iPad, and Apple TV. And Apple Music delivers industry-leading sound quality with support for spatial audio — there’s no better way to enjoy, discover, and experience music.”
Apple’s iPod line ran from October 2001 until May 2022. In the fall of 2007, Apple released an all screen iPod touch based on the iPhone that was released just three months earlier.
When the original iPod was released, I was using a Diamond Rio PMP300. Back then, I was still using a Mac part time, but the focus of my work was moving quickly toward Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Server. Having an MP3 player that could plug into a parallel port seemed like an advantage. The Rio may have been cheap, but the 2001 Mac-only iPod was a much more elegant product.
Over the years, I had purchased several iPods, starting with 2003’s third-generation white iPod. I loved that thing. I took it everywhere with me. A couple of years later, my fifth generation (2005) white iPod with color screen and H.264 video play back, took over riding shotgun with my Palm Treo.
It was 2007’s iPod touch – released just a few months after the original iPhone – that was a game changer. The first iPod touch brought the paradigm shifting awesomeness of iPhone to those of us who were not on AT&T/Cingular or simply wanted the iPhone without the phone. That fall, I packed my young family into the car, drove an hour away to the nearest Apple Store at the time, and bought one. As a consolation prize, my wife and I took the kids to the Rainforest Cafe that was in the same mall.
The iPod touch and a 2006 while MacBook running an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, were the two devices that switched me back to being a Mac first home user. (I still have to use a Windows PC at work.)
I loved and used my iPod touch all the way up to the fall of 2011 when I was able to finally purchase an iPhone 4S on Sprint (now merged with T-Mobile).
My girls, now iPhone Pro users themselves, both received various iPods over the years, but it was their iPod touch models that were used the most.
For me, these was something exciting about being always able to have your favorite music, movies, TV shows, and games with you all the time. If I could find a free Wi-Fi hotspot, being able to jump on the “real” Internet with Safari and check email with Apple Mail was just so much nicer that using Palm’s Blazer web browser and email client on my Treo.
I’m glad that the iPod touch line ran for as long as it did. Today, in my opinion, the base iPad model takes over for the iPod touch with a much larger screen and a rich feature set. On hearing yesterday’s news that iPod touch was being discontinued, I almost insta-bought one of the 32GB blue and white iPod touch models. I wanted to add it to my iOS museum right next to my original first generation iPod touch. I still might.
While it is nice to take this moment and think about iPod touch, and what the iPod line meant to me, I love my iPhone 13 Pro Max. It can do everything that the iPod touch could so and so much more. I will always have fond memories of the iPods that I used – just like I do for my Apple //e and Macintosh SE, but in the world of personal gadgets, we are always looking forward to the next great thing that will put a dent in the universe.
The iPod touch seventh generation will be the final product in the iPod line. You can still buy one, starting at 32GB for $199, from Apple and authorized resellers while supplies last.
Apple – 40 Years in 40 Seconds video originally show during Apple’s Spring 2016 event
In honor of Apple’s 40th birthday today, I decided to help celebrate by listing out all of the Apple gear that I have either owned (my own personal hardware) or I have used at work (which was a big Mac shop until the mid-2000’s).
Items that I owned have a picture and the approximate year in which I started using it. All of the hardware listed below has been listed in chronological order by the year Apple released it.
Apple //e, Apple
ImageWriter II (1986)
Apple IIgs (1988)
Macintosh SE/30 (1995)
Macintosh Classic (1990)
Macintosh IIci (1996)
Macintosh LC (1992)
Macintosh IIsi (1995)
Macintosh PowerBook 100 (1992)
Macintosh PowerBook Duo 230 and DuoDock (1993)
Apple QuickTake 100 camera (1995)
Power Macintosh 7100/66av (1995)
Macintosh PowerBook Duo 2300c/100 and DuoDock (1996)
Macintosh PowerBook 5300ce (1996)
Apple StyleWriter 1200 (1996)
Apple Newton MessagePad 2000 (1998)
Power Macintosh 7600 (1997)
Macintosh PowerBook G3 “Wall Street” (1998)
Power Macintosh G3 Blue and White (1999)
Power Mac G4 Cube with Apple 17-inch Cinema Display and Apple Pro Speakers (2001)
iMac 17-inch Flat Panel (2002)
PowerBook G4 DVI (2002)
Power Mac G4 Mirrored Drive Doors (2002)
Power Mac G4 QuickSilver with Apple 20-inch Cinema Display (2003)
Apple iPod with Dock Connector (2003)
Power Mac G5 (2004)
PowerBook G4 (2004)
Xserve and Xserve RAID (2004)
Apple iPod 5th Generation (2005)
MacBook 13-inch (2006)
Mac Pro with 23-inch Cinema Display (2006)
iPhone 2G (2010)
iPod Touch (2008)
Apple TV 1st Generation (2009)
MacBook Pro 17-inch (2010)
iPad with Wi-Fi (2010)
iPhone 4s Sprint (2011)
iPad 3rd Generation with Wi-Fi (2012)
iPad mini 1st Generation with Wi-Fi (2013)
Apple TV 3rd Generation (2013)
iPad Air (2013)
iPhone 5s Sprint (2013)
iPhone 6 Sprint (2014)
Apple Watch Sport (2015)
iPhone 6s Plus Sprint (2015)
iPad Pro 12.9-inch with Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard (2015)
Earlier today, Apple has released the iOS 4.3 update for current model iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch mobile devices. iPad 2, which will go on sale at 5pm on Friday (3/11/11) will come pre-loaded with iOS 4.3 from the factory.
Interestinly absent from the iOS 4.3 part is the new CDMA Verizon iPhone 4. The Verizon iPhone 4 will not receive an update along side it’s GMS counterpart on rival wireless carrier, AT&T.
iOS 4.3 provides some new features, including iTunes Home Sharing (streaming between your Mac or PC and your iOS device), iPhone 4 Personal HotSpot (Mi-Fi like cellular Internet connection sharing), and a new preference to allow iPad owners to chose the function of the slider switch (screen rotation lock or mute switch).
In addtion to the new features, iOS 4.3 also enhances the Safari browser and the AirPlay feature, which requires a second generation AppleTV, first introduced in iOS 4.2. ComputerWorld.com also reports that iOS 4.3 patches some 59 iOS bugs.
iOS 4.3 supports all current model iDevices, include: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 GMS, iPad, and iPad 2, iPod touch (2009), and iPod touch (2010). There is no world on when iOS 4.3 will be coming to the Verizon iPhone 4 or the second generation AppleTV.
To install iOS on your device, first upgrade iTunes to the latest release, and then connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your computer and follow the on screen upgrade prompts.
Apple has released a software update for the second generation AppleTV to bring it to version 4.2. Click the Read More link for details. AppleInsider.com reports that Apple has updated the second generation AppleTV software version 4.2.
New features of the update, as highlighted by Apple, include:
MLB.TV: Watch live and on-demand Major League Baseball games, access stats, scores and standings.
NBA: See scores and more, plus League Pass Broadband subscribers get live and archived games.
AirPlay for apps: Use AirPlay to wirelessly stream video from apps and Safari on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Netflix Dolby Digital 5.1: Enjoy Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound when watching Netflix movies and TV shows
New slideshow themes: View photos with the new Scrapbook, Photo Mobile, and Holiday Mobile slideshow themes.
Improved on-screen keyboard: Search and enter names and passwords more easily with the redesigned on-screen keyboard.
To update the software on your second generation AppleTV, use the software update feature in the settings menu.
Didn’t get the cool new phone or iDevice for Christmas that you were hoping for? Are you sitting on a pile of cash or gift cards? Don’t worry! There are still deals to be had on new and refurbished hardware between now and the end of the year.
Apple (Refurbished Hardware)
iPod Classic (Silver or Black) – $209
iPod touch 32GB (third generation) – $229
iPod touch 64GB (third generation) – $299
iPad Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G – $50-100 off refurbished units
AT&T Wireless (Refurbished Hardware)
Apple iPhone 4 16GB – $99, $36 activation fee
Apple iPhone 4 32GB – $199, $36 activation fee
Apple iPhone 3GS 8/16/32GB – $29/$49/79, $36 activation fee
BlackBerry Torch – $9.99, activation fee waived
HP Palm Pre Plus – $0.00, activation fee waived
HTC Aria – $0.01, activation fee waived
Keep reading for Verizon Wireless and Sprint phones.
BlackBerry Bold 9650 – $150 off online order
BlackBerry Curve 3G – $200 off online order
HP Palm Pixi – Free when ordered online
HTC Evo 4G – $150 off online order
HTC Droid Incredible – $149.99, BOGO
BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 – $49.99, BOGO
BlackBerry Bold 9650 – $99.99, BOGO
HP Palm Pixi Plus – $0.00
Depending on the phone model and service plan, a $36 activation fee may apply.
Apple’s iOS 4.2.1 software update that was rolled out today is a nice tweak for iPhone and iPod touch users already running iOS 4.0 and a huge leap forward for iPad owners. This guide is intended to help you make the jump to the latest iOS release for current model iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Step 1: Install iTunes 10.1 on your Mac or Windows PC if you haven’t already done so. (Use the Apple Software control panel to check for the iTunes software update.)
Step 2: Connect your iDevice to your computer to sync your data and back it up.
Step 3: Select your iDevice from the iTunes “Source” list.
iTunes 10.1 Devices Source List
Step 4: Click the Check for Update button.
Click the Check for Update Button
Step 5: Click the Next button to begin the upgrade process. Follow the on screen directions.
Along side the Facebook website upgrade, the iPhone and BlackBerry mobile Facebook applications have also been upgraded to versions 3.2 and 126.96.36.199, respectively.
Use the App Store and BlackBerry App World to install or upgrade your software now.
If you don’t want to use Facebook Places, or you want to keep your friends from checking you into Places, be sure to update your Facebook privacy settings.
The iOS edition of Facebook has been updated again. This time to version 3.2.1. This latest updates includes “bug fixes” and limited the Places feature to iDevices here in the United States for the time being.