Tony Fidel, Roger Chang, Apple discussed on The 3:59

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With anniversary, I interviewed Tony Fidel, who invented the iPod, and talked about what was like joining Apple to create such a groundbreaking device. Here's part one of our conversation. I'm roger Chang and this is today the charge. So first off, I actually didn't realize Apple still sells an iPod and iPod touch on its store. Yeah. Yeah, so in an industry that's constantly evolving. It's constantly changing and embracing the new how does it feel knowing that the 20 year old iPod is somehow still alive and kicking? Well, it's great. It's really great. You know, the Mac has been around since the 80s, right? So and it's still alive and kicking. So having an iPod still around, you know, still marks, you know, 20 years ago when this all started. And so it's great. You know, the companies are very different company from those 20 years. Most people maybe, you know, maybe a lot of the listeners and viewers don't even know that iPods existed 'cause they've grown up without them, you know, a lot of them they grew up with only their iPhone is their first product. I know my kids did, right? And so it's just really amazing how much change can happen in 20 years or even ten years. You know, let's just go back ten years after the iPod as well. So it's truly astounding and could never have imagined it turned all the way into this and now apples the most valuable company in the world and has been for a while now. Right. And curious, what your thoughts are on why the iPod has endured for so long. Well, I think the iPod, you know, it's kind of Walkman two. If you grew up and you ever, you know, I was a teenager when the Walkman came out of 12 or 13, something like that. And it was like, it rocked your world. And you always went back and it was such an emotional attachment to something because it was empowered you to have your music the way you wanted it, take it anywhere with you. And it was yours. You're not sharing it with your brothers and sisters and your parents that are screaming about this over the home stereo. It was yours, right? And it wasn't just FM radian. It was your cassette. And so in Mexico sets too. And so if you think of fast forward, what we did was we were able to do that again for a different generation and give them that same emotional suit and as emotional superpower for music with the iPod. And that to me is just it's wonderful to know that we were able to continue that. And it was such a touchstone for not just kids of that generation, but for all kinds of people all ages, you know, fashionistas and sports stars and Hollywood movie stars..

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