The birth of iTunes, Apple’s killer app

Apple iTunes, version 1. Image credit: Apple

Talk about a killer app! Apple’s iTunes and the incredibly successful iTunes Music Store have formed the basis for a huge wave of iPod sales. The program literally helped transform Apple from a maker of computers and software into a household name in the consumer electronics market. So how did it all start?

The first version of iTunes was released by Apple in January 2001 but the underpinnings of the program were first created by someone else.

Which application was bought by Apple and formed the basis for iTunes?

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Naming the iPod

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?

iPod Your Car

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 gets into the digital camera business

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?