In January 2001 we had a new American president, George W. Bush, I was working at Mentor Graphics, and Apple introduced an MP3 player called the iPod with a hard drive capable of holding 1,000 songs. In the previous decades we enjoyed portable music from tape-based, CD, or mini-CD devices like the Sony Walkman
. The first several generations of the iPod used two ARM 7TDMI-derived CPUs, clocked at just 90 MHz to keep battery life reasonable. 1
The iTunes software helped you organize the music, but at first it only worked on Apple computers.
iPod, 1st generation, 2001 2