The iPod was Apple’s original ‘halo’ device. And for me, like so many others, it was my first Apple device. It was 2005, and I was commuting to Chicago and back from the suburbs every weekday. I had a 20-minute walk to the train and a 30-45 ride each way. That left lots of time for listening to music, which made the iPod the perfect companion.
I already had a big music collection and was starting to listen to podcasts, so I bought a black 60GB 5th Generation iPod with video. When it arrived, I dove into every corner of the device, syncing my music, along with my calendar and contacts, using a Windows PC, and later my first Intel-based iMac.