Here’s a nice slice of Apple trivia for you: The original iPod happened fifteen years ago today, on October 23rd, 2001.
Nine months after the American tech giant introduced iTunes as a music software, then-Apple chief executive and co-founder Steve Jobs took the stage to announce the portable MP3 player that acted (somewhat predictably) as a precursor to the iPhone and iPad and revolutionized the way we listen to and buy music.
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It changed Apple forever, too. The iPod made it possible for Apple to pivot from a personal computer company to a consumer electronics company, where the action is — and where the money is to be made.
Here’s an excerpt from Job’s presentation; his self-confidence isn’t misplaced:
‘Now, why music? Well, we love music. More importantly, music is a part of everyone’s life — everyone. Music’s been around forever; it will always be around. This is not a speculative market… But interestingly enough, in this whole new digital music revolution, there is no market leader… No one has really found a recipe yet for digital music. And we think, not only did we find the recipe, but we think the Apple brand is going to be fantastic, because people trust the Apple brand to get their great digital electronics from.’
The former Apple head went on to describe the iPod as a “quantum leap in listening to music.” The first iPod had enough storage to fit 1,000 songs at CD-quality; had 20 minutes of skip protection; offered 10 hours of music playback.
Most important of all was that it could ride shotgun in a person’s pocket. “This amazing little device holds 1,000 songs. And it goes right in my pocket,” Jobs quipped, throwing shade at companies like Creative, SonicBlue, and Sony and their bulky, unattractive music gear. The first iPod went on sale for $399, but people gobbled it up.
Music will always be around; the iPod won’t.
Apple sold its millionth iPod in 2003. In the years that followed, the company introduced other iPods of varying colors, shapes, sizes, and functionalities. By 2010, Apple had sold 275 million iPods. But that same year, Tony Fadell, the guy who created the iPod, left Apple.
Apple has stopped reporting financial figures of the iPod entirely. Sales are on a decline, and consumers are no longer excited about them. Apple probably feels the same way we do because it hasn’t touched the iPod line since last year — an eternity in the industry. The iPhone is its flagship product now, accounting for more than half of Apple’s revenue.
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It hasn’t stopped selling iPods in its stores, though. Surely, there’s still a market for them, however small and insignificant. But the question isn’t if Apple will eventually discontinue the iPod, but when. Music will always be around; the iPod won’t.
Freitag R523 Hoffmann: Recycled laptop bags have never looked this good
Each bag is literally one-of-a-kind
Continuing the never-ending search for a laptop bag I’d actually use, Freitag’s R523 Hoffmann was the next victim.
A good laptop bag is essential to your work, and your #OOTDs! When shopping for a bag that will house one of my most prized possessions (not to mention, the tool that gives me my living) there are certain considerations: Is the bag spacious enough? Will it protect my computer? Will I be able to carry it around on long days? Does it ruin my outfit?
So, does the Hoffman live up to my standards? What’s so special about this brand? Let’s find out.
What’s the deal with Freitag?
It’s really not your usual brand. Zurich-based Freitag boasts that each bag is made of truck tarpaulin, each one selected (yes, they have special truck spotters), washed, and cut to create bags — each one entirely unique to others.
So yes, these bags are made out of recycled materials but they look oh so good.
Also, they’re heavy-duty because, well, they are made out of materials designed to be outdoors under all elements. A big plus: That makes these bags waterproof, which is a great thing because I’m putting my laptop in it.
The bag I tried on for size was the Hoffmann:
Look and feel
My pick was a white bag because you can never go wrong with this color. It looks crisp, classic, and ready to match any given outfit.
Interestingly, it doesn’t seem like it’s a bag that’s made out of tarpaulin — at least not how I imagined a tarpaulin bag would look. It’s classy and it matches even business or work outfits which is great for those long meeting days. Also worth noting: Its texture gives off a great look and feel.
It has a strap handle which is pretty sturdy; no way this will break even when you have a laptop (and a whole lot of other things like I do 🙈).
It also has a longer strap so you can wear it around your shoulder. If you’re like me and you have frail arms, this feature is a godsend.
These straps are also very sturdy and adjustable. The better to carry everything you need with!
There are two outside pockets for stuff you want to keep but need easy access to.
And of course, it has a dedicated laptop pocket! There are also smaller side pockets inside for other stuff and knick-knacks. Great for organizing your things — no more bags that are bottomless pits of random stuff.
This is a surprisingly spacious bag. It can house my work gear (laptop, external hard drive, small camera, cords, and chargers) plus all my everyday essentials (a semi-big makeup bag, wallet, and perfume).
Despite it being sourced from upcycled materials, this is one expensive-looking bag. That’s also because it is. All those good qualities come at a price, listed at CHF 314.80 on their website and priced at over PhP 20,000 from Urban Traveller & Co. in the Philippines.
Freitag’s Hoffmann offers a good-looking laptop bag made out of heavy duty materials, ensuring your machine is always safe. A big plus is that it’s recycled — a great whoop for the environment!
One thing’s for sure: When you get yourself a Freitag bag, you get more than just a bag. You get a one-of-a-kind piece that’s not only an awesome home for your laptop, it’s also a statement on how you can breathe new life into random objects with some creativity. Each one serves as an example of how you can create new and amazing things from stuff that are seemingly worthless.
My top 5 pink gadgets: A guide for the pink-loving techie
On Wednesdays we wear pink!
It’s no secret that I like pink. When pink gadgets and tech come my way, I am understandably through the roof because I firmly believe that everything should just come in this rosy hue.
Since today is October 3 and it’s a Wednesday, you know what that means! I’m wearing pink! Kidding — I wear pink every day. 😂
But, seriously: Throughout my time reviewing tech, I’ve come across a number of pink gadgets. Here are my top picks for the pink-loving techies out there.
Huawei P20 in Rose Gold a.k.a. the Pink 20
Yes, we do actually call this phone the Pink 20. Yes, I still use it to this day because it looks good with my hair and it’s just the prettiest phone ever. Look:
Yep, I know you want this phone, too.
Samsung Galaxy Watch
This was the smartwatch I’d been waiting for because it finally came in my color! Samsung’s latest wearable comes with a rose gold face and a pastel pink strap. This thing hasn’t left my wrist since I reviewed it.
The Dyson Supersonic is every girl’s dream hair dryer. This top-of-the-line dryer is ergonomically designed for better handling.
Plus it’s pink and makes me pretty. Alternatively, there’s a purple version, but who’d want that over this color?
Fujifilm’s latest Instax release has that vintage feel — and it comes in rose gold. Create beautiful memories with an even more beautiful camera!
This pink puck is actually a high-tech face mask! Foreo’s UFO allows you to have the Korean skincare experience in just 90 seconds.
Microsoft Surface Headphones have adjustable noise cancellation, Cortana support
A first for the company
Microsoft launched a set of refreshed Windows-powered devices today, but none are as interesting as the company’s first pair of noise-canceling wireless headphones.
The Microsoft Headphones are a US$ 350 pair of over-ear cans that have adjustable noise cancellation by turning the left cup. What does rotating the right cup do? Adjust volume, of course!
A cool trick shown in the video below is how the headphones pause music when taken off. Check it out:
Cortana support is also integrated, allowing you to speak to the voice assistant through the built-in microphones. If going full wireless isn’t your thing, you could also opt to connect the headphones via a 3.5mm audio cable. Charging is done over USB-C.
It may seem out of place at first alongside the current Surface lineup, but Microsoft assures consumers that it has been in the making for quite some time.
As of writing, these headphones will become available by the end of the year in the gray color seen above, but only in the US.
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