Monday, October 27, 2008

Hardware Assignment - iPod

iPod is the most popular portable media player on the market today. The iPod was first released on October 23, 2001. Apple CEO Steve Jobs had noticed a problem with the available portable media players on the market at the time, and ordered a team of engineers to develop a simplear solution.
The engineering team was lead by hardware engineering chief Jon Rubenstein. It took the engineering team less than one year to develop the initial iPod, which was composed of a 5 GB hard drive, and could hold up to one thousand songs.

The original iPod connected to the computer through a firewire cable, but as computer technology developed, the firewire cable was replaced by a USB docking station. The iPod connects to the computer through the USB cable, and is able to import a number of different file types to the iPod. The number of files that can be imported depend on the version of iPod is being used. Some examples include several audio file formats including MP3, AAC/M4A, Protected AAC, AIFF, WAV, Audible audio book, and Apple Lossless. If the iPod being used is able to view photos, it supports JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, and PNG image file formats. Some advanced iPods may be able to play MPEG-4 (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC) and QuickTime video formats, with restrictions on video dimensions, encoding techniques and data-rates

Apple took the portable media player market by storm, and the iPod became the highest selling portable media player of all time. According to analysts, over 170 million iPods have been sold since 2001. Many credit the simple design, and engineering created by Jon Rubenstein and the Apple team. The iPod is one of the most successful products, and sales are continuing to grow strong. The development of the iPod shows the power the device may have in the future. Current iPods are able to play not only music, but television and movies too. The iPod is one of the most influential pieces of hardware in the world of technology in a long time.

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