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iPod Digital Music Player

This is a Digital music player. It was designed by Apple Industrial Design Team and the design director was Jonathan Ive and manufactured by Apple Inc.. It is dated 2001 and we acquired it in 2009. Its medium is plastic, polycarbonate, stainless steel. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Apple’s iPod and its variants are among the most influential personal appliances of the 21st century. This first generation iPod is a small, elegant form. The tactile appeal of the milky, translucent face is reinforced by simple shapes and contours inviting one to touch the controls—the user interface is an innovative mechanical scroll wheel rather than traditional buttons.
Apple Computer, Inc., founded in 1976, by Stephen Wozniak and Steve Jobs, was well established as an innovator in the personal computer field by the time British designer, Jonathan Ive, joined the company in 1992. Ive rose to become the Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, and under his design direction in 1998–99, Apple introduced the iMac and iBook personal computer and laptop lines noted for their bulging, translucent, gumdrop colored housings. By 2001, the year the iPod was introduced as Apple’s entry into the growing personal digital music player market, Ive’s designs shifted to a more minimalist aesthetic. The sleek, smooth forms in titanium or aluminum used for Apple’s powerful computer products were geared toward the business world, while glossy white casings were intended for the consumer market. The original iPod, with its iconic thin rectangular shape, white face, and chrome-colored back characterized this style.
The iPod technology and distinctive, universally recognizable design make this portable media player important in the continuum of industrial design, a major category for the museum’s collection, a segment of which includes audio recording and playback devices.

It is credited Gift of David and Kelly Theresa Linton.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 10.4 x 6.1 x 1.9 cm (4 1/8 x 2 3/8 x 3/4 in.)

Cite this object as

iPod Digital Music Player; Designed by Apple Industrial Design Team (United States); Design Director: Jonathan Ive; Manufactured by Apple Inc. (United States); USA; plastic, polycarbonate, stainless steel; H x W x D: 10.4 x 6.1 x 1.9 cm (4 1/8 x 2 3/8 x 3/4 in.); Gift of David and Kelly Theresa Linton; 2009-49-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Bob Greenberg Selects.

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