Apple’s iPod Turns 20: Revisiting the Iconic Media Player Two Decades Later

AMG | Apple co-founder Steve Jobs shows off an iPod. Photo Courtesy: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

These days, you most likely rely on your smartphone, tablet or laptop for streaming music, but, if you the mood struck, you could still purchase an iPod Touch. This seventh generation iteration of Apple's once-popular line of portable media players may not hold the same cultural relevance it once did, but the iPod's importance cannot be understated. Not only was it a landmark invention for Apple — a brand-builder that endeared a wide range of customers to Apple before the company launched its iPhone — but it also changed the music game. 

Whether you remember toting around a boombox, Walkman or CD player, we can all agree that mp3 players made listening to music on the go much more convenient. Not only that, but these portable devices allowed you to access a wide-ranging library of music all in once place. And, two decades ago, no one was doing it better than Apple. Released on October 23, 2001, the iPod was a revolutionary device. So, to celebrate the iPod's 20th anniversary, we're taking a look back at how Apple's media player made a lasting impact on art, technology and pop culture at large.