An Artifact for Our Future Generations

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An Artifact for Our Future Generations

March 16, 2013
Unit 5 IP
AIU Online

Artifacts are defined as “Any mass-produced, usually inexpensive object reflecting contemporary society or popular culture: artifacts of the pop rock generation.” (2013). Although this is just one definition for the word artifact, it is the one used for this paper. Of every generation there is an artifact that could be looked back at by future generations to gain insight to the past. The iPod is no exception, as it is a very widely used item that plays a big part in the lives of many people in this era.

What is an iPod?
An iPod is a device that is used for many technological reasons. The first iPod was called simply the iPod and was the first generation version. This device made its debut on October 23, 2001. The original iPod was used to download music from all genres to the device to listen to anywhere. The device was very tiny but could hold up to 1,000 songs on its 5 to 10 gigabyte memory. There have been many more versions of the iPod since its debut. Being able to carry 1,000 songs around in your pocket was a huge technological breakthrough. The iPod has made it possible to do so many tasks, whether low or high impact, while listening to music through the little ear buds that are connected to the device. This is much smaller the walk man radio/cassette players or the disc-man portable CD players of the 1980’s. All of one’s favorite music fits in the tiny device without changing tapes or CDs or dealing with commercials or unwanted songs from the radio.

Where did the iPod come from and what are its cultural roots? On October 23, 2001, the first iPod was introduced to the world. The person that invented the iPod was Steve Jobs. Mr. Jobs was the co-creator of the Apple Corporation. He was famous for inventing the Macintosh computer, also known as the Mac system computer. Steve jobs brought to the world such items as the Mac, iMac, iPhone, portable devices and...