Happy 15th Birthday, iPod

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It’s been 15 years since Apple first released the classic iPod.

It was the first device to usher in what would become, in many respects, the age of Apple. Since its launch Apple’s mobile products have become (to many people) the gold standard.

Other folks had launched digital music players before Apple. But none had Apple’s cache, or the weight of iTunes’ amazing reach behind them.

Certainly, its launch kicked off the cycle of product announcements that the company’s fans and fetishists now greet with weeks-long camp outs and months-long discussions around

Here’s a look back at the many shapes of the iPod. From its first launch to its latest (last) incarnation.

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