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October 23, 2006

by David Harrell
The Washington Post observed five years of the iPod with a slew of iPod and digital music pieces:

Rob Pegoraro -- Digital, Our Song for the Ages:
Five years ago tomorrow, a computer company with no history of selling music devices released a portable media player that cost more and did less than much of the hardware already on sale. Naturally, this gadget and its successors sold in the millions, all but defining the entire digital-music industry in the process.
Scott Sternberg -- iPod Cheers: Once a Skeptic, Now Baptized Into the Mac:
The iPod completes my conversion to Mac in general -- even though I held on to my PC beliefs long after my friends had switched over. ITunes is so functional, whether for managing songs or listening to friends' music. It's simple, seamless integration. And maybe that makes me less hard-core -- a sellout who bought into the marketing and joined the bandwagon. It's not because I can't figure out computers -- it's just easier. I may never buy another PC again.
Neal Mueller -- iPod Jeers: Van Halen Fell Silent On Top of the World:
Watching my fellow climbers lug their broken iPods up and down Mount Everest gave me some strong opinions. I'd go as far as to say I think Paris Hilton is to Hollywood what the iPod is to portable music players. Both are radiant, glossy and coveted, and like any flash-in-the-pan they are overpriced and cantankerous.
Mike Musgrove -- A Messy Age for Music

Frank Ahrens -- Music Store Cold War

Yuki Noguchi -- Changing Her Tune on Apple's iPod


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