The first generation iPod. Image credit: Apple.
Branding. Apple is absolutely phenomenal at branding, and the iPod brand has become synonymous with the digital music player. When people think “mp3 player” or “media playback device” the iPod comes to mind.
But if you really think about it, “iPod” is a funny name for a little device that plays music (and videos and games). In fact, the name “iPod” was suggested by a consultant working with Apple on how to introduce and market the device to the public. But the name “iPod” was actually trademarked and already in use at the time.
Before Apple owned the trademark for “iPod”, the name was used by another company for what type of device?
A goodie bag chock full of Apple products
Everybody likes free stuff. Free lunch is nice. Free beer is even nicer. But free stuff from Apple? That’s pretty much a dream come true, especially if you’re into Apple so much that you’re reading Daily Apple Quiz!
Apple commonly gives out free t-shirts and other small gifts when it opens a new retail store. On April 23, 2009, 13 year old Conner Mulcahey from Weston Connecticut received a lot more free stuff from Apple than just a t-shirt.
Conner received a $10,000 iTunes gift card, an iPod touch, a Time Capsule, and a MacBook Pro for doing what?
Ready for Y2K?
Remember when we all thought that after a night of drinking and partying to ring in the New Year, we’d wake up and there would be cash pouring out of ATMs, traffic lights failing and all out chaos? Maybe some of our fears never turned out to be true, but the Y2K switchover was more of a nuisance if you owned a Windows PC.
Some DOS and Windows users would end up seeing some funny looking dates if they hadn’t applied update patches by the time 2000 rolled around. Apple made light of this fact, pointing out that Mac users didn’t have to do anything to get ready for Y2k. The Mac OS was already prepared and Apple emphasized in a TV ad it ran in 1999.
What prominent science fiction movie character did Apple use in its Y2K TV advertisement?
iPod your car. Image credit: Apple
Remember when a 6-disc CD changer in the trunk of your ride was the epitome of car stereo bliss? Obviously the amount of music on 6 CDs pales in comparison to having access to the library of music on an iPod.
According to Apple, Over 90 percent of new cars sold in the United States have an option for iPod connectivity. As a bonus, many car manufacturers offer advanced audio system interfaces, allowing you to see playlists and detailed song information on your car stereo.
In 2004, Apple and what company announced “the first seamless integration between iPod and a car audio system”?
Apple’s early digital camera.
While the iPhone featured a camera since its inception, and the current iPod Nano can shoot video, Apple’s product history doesn’t include a great deal of devices that take pictures or shoot video. But that doesn’t mean Apple never tried to offer such a product.
Back in the early 1990s, well before the iPod, Apple made an attempt to sell consumer electronic devices in addition to its trademark computers and software. The company released a digital camera in 1994.
What was the name of the first digital camera produced by Apple?
Ahhh, spam (aka “the abuse of electronic messaging systems” according to Wikipedia). What would your e-mail inbox look like without all of the customary plugs for great deals on Viagra? We’ll probably never know.
Fortunately, if you are using a modern e-mail client such as Apple’s Mail application, most spam whisked away to a separate folder by using an intelligent filter, thereby freeing up your inbox. Since we’re talking about spam and we just entered the year 2010, it seems only fitting to look back 2009 to see just how many junk messages we received in 2009.
In 2009, what percentage of all e-mail sent across the internet was spam?