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National iPod Day: Interesting Holiday Black People May Overlook

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23 October is set aside yearly to celebrate National iPod Day. In this article, we’ll give you a comprehensive look at National iPod Day, why it’s celebrated, and why you should mark the day on your calendar. 

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Overview of Music Listening and Storage Progression 

Black people will agree that the change in music listening experience has been rapid over the years. It all started with cassettes, moved on to CDs, then to Walkman, and gravitated toward the iPod. 

Now, you get to stream all your favorite music from streaming platforms, including Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, and SoundCloud. 

In all of this rapid progression, the iPod experience stands out. The creation of the iPod marked the beginning of music streaming. It changed the way we store and listen to music. 

Steve Jobs wasn’t pleased with the clunky and big size of MP3 players of the 1990s. This led him to think of ways to make music storing and listening fun and exciting. 

In the late 1990s, he developed the idea of the iPod and hired Anthony Michael Fadell to work on the dream and bring it to reality. Before the end of 2001, Anthony had finished building the first-ever iPod. 

On October 23, Apple launched the iPod. Then, on November 10, 2001, the first batch of 5GB hard-drive-based iPod products were sold. They were sold for $399 with a simple promise of having “1,000 songs in your pocket.” Finally, in 2002, Apple released a second iPod with an enhanced 10GB memory that sold for $499. 

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National iPod Day Celebration

Every October 23, music and tech lovers,black descendants and other ethnic groups across the United States celebrate the iPod device for transforming how we store and listen to music. Although it’s unclear who started the celebration, it has become popular among the United States residents. 

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It’s a day people honor the iPod and its impact on human lives and the world of music. Even with technological advancement, the iPod still represents a period in history when music was more tangible and personal. 

So, the iconic music device is worth celebrating. The good thing is that the iPod is still very much available. You can buy one on Amazon for as low as $99.

How to Mark National iPod Day

There are many ways that you can observe National iPod Day. Here are the two main ways to celebrate it:

  • Share a throwback picture: You can celebrate this day by sharing a throwback picture of you using an iPod. When sharing the throwback picture on social media, don’t forget to use the hashtag #NationaliPodDay. 
  • Revisit the first black musicians’ playlist you created the day you unboxed your first iPod: It’s time to bring back memories. Go on a long walk or drive playing that first playlist. This will help you appreciate the miracle of the iPod and the joy it brought into our lives. 

Despite having many streaming platforms that make listening to millions of music on the go possible, the impact of the iPod can’t be forgotten. So, you can show some love to the iconic music device on the 23 October by sharing a throwback picture, revisiting your old playlist, or even buying an iPod from Amazon

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Uchenna Agwu
Uchenna Agwu
Hi there! I’m Uchenna Agwu, and I love to write. When I’m not writing, you can usually find me reading books or watching documentaries (I’m a bit of a nerd). But I also like to get out and explore – whether that means going on hikes or checking out new restaurants.


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