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.
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.
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.
Travelon: Stylish anti-theft bags that look good with your outfits
Keep your gadgets and gizmos safe on every trip
We’ve all heard the pitch: Travel bags that will protect your valuables, must-haves for any trip that’ll keep your gadgets and documents safe, ultimate strength bags that can’t ever be slashed, and so on…
As a traveler, I care a lot about my stuff’s security. However, I never really bought into the whole travel-safe bag hype for one reason: Most bags I’ve seen which advertised said safety travel features weren’t really good-looking in my eyes. I wanted travel-friendly packs that weren’t only functional, they needed to look good with my travel #OOTDs.
In an almost cosmic coincidence (I say this because I have a bunch of trips lined up), I discovered Travelon.
This brand carries a number of travel bags and lo and behold: I actually liked a lot of the bags on display in their store. This travel bag they sent me home with is one I’m particularly fond of.
The bag comes from Travelon’s tailored collection and comes in five different colors: onyx, sapphire, plumrose, aquamarine, and sable (which we have here). I love how muted this hue is, perfect for more dressed-up looks.
As good as it looks, this bag is also one tough cookie with slash-resistant panels built into it. Just how strong is it? Well, we tried it out and let’s just say shenanigans won’t cut it (literally).
Even its detailed straps are slash-proof so you can be sure they stay on your shoulders.
Unique to Travelon is their locking hardware. Zippers are fitted with clasps that act as an extra precaution. Your bags won’t be opened as easily because of this. You can lock it on either side of the zipper…
… or lock the two handles together.
Inside, your stuff is always organized. You won’t believe the number of pockets this bag has.
There are card compartments, a slot for your passport, even a pen holder, plus another zippered pocket. These compartments also block RFID meaning the information on your passport and credit cards are safe from scammers who will attempt to get your info through a random scan.
There’s even a key holder because there’s nothing more infuriating than having to rummage through your bag for your keys.
All these features packed into an unassuming good-looking bag.
This particular bag is priced at US$ 80 which isn’t bad, most anti-theft bags are priced similarly.
And, if you’re going to spend, might as well spend on something that looks good, right?
This is a notebook that will charge your phone because why not
One good-looking and useful planner!
The good old notebook is being given an update.
If you’re still sentimental about stationery, or if you’re the pen and paper type of gal and you still can’t shake your organizer habits, this folio might be right up your alley.
The Tesmo notebook is a good-looking journal. The outside is bound by a durable leather material, there are slots for your pen, cards, and notes, plus you can easily refill the pages with standard A5-sized paper. What’s so different about this organizer then?
Place your phone on the notebook and you’ll find out. This organizer doubles as a wireless charger. Basically, it will charge any Qi charging-capable device — that means your iPhone X and most Android flagships — without even plugging in the phone.
With an 8000mAh battery capacity stored away in its cover, this notebook also allows simultaneous charging of up to three devices. It’s equipped with all the ports you’ll ever need: micro-USB, USB-C, and Lightning adapter.
It’s the journal that every career woman needs — well, okay, not exactly need. It would be cool, though. And, it’s honestly one profesh-looking planner. It comes in gray, black, and brown (pictured).
Check out their Kickstarter page here.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 accessories for every mood
Take your pick!
The Galaxy Note 9 has just been announced and you’re convinced you need one. You’re definitely getting it once they’re available and you can’t be happier. What now?
Well, time for some phone outfits! Er, you know, phone cases. 😅
Thankfully, Samsung has also released a slew of accessories for their newest flagship. Take your pick!
Flashy and sophisticated
When to use: For days when you’re feeling extra
Samsung’s signature cover has always looked good…
… and now, there’s a Clear View Standing cover for the new Note. It’s so shiny!
You can check notifications on your phone without even opening the cover and control stuff from the side of the case.
In some regions, there’s also a lavender version of this case and it looks as amazing as the rest of these.
By the way, did I mention that these cases also double as stands? Yep, awesome.
A rugged solution
When to use: On hikes, beach trips, or random adventures; or for use when you’re inherently a klutz
Are you all about protecting your phone? Are you just plain clumsy?
This Protective Standing Cover may be for you.
They’ve been tested and given a military rating so this means your precious Note is all protected — believe me, I’ve seen this case smashed in front of my face and it survived. 😅
There’s also a tiny stand, which snaps out easily so it won’t ever break. Perfect for comfortably watching stuff on your phone anytime, anywhere.
Even with the case on, you can still do wireless charging! And, I’m going to say it: Reminiscent of Rimowa luggage solutions, these cases make quite an impression.
Au naturelle with a twist
When to use: On lazy days when you’re keeping it real
This is the Note 9’s “just got out of bed look.”
A barely there case that will make sure your phone is protected.
Simple but detailed
When to use: Everyday office look as part of your power dressing
This good-looking case adds a touch of detail to your wardrobe. It’s all in the texture!
This is Samsung’s LED view cover. Of course, you’ll be able to see notifications through the case.
Not only is it pretty, it’s also pretty functional. There’s a card holder, too.
You can control the phone with shortcuts even without opening the case.
There’s also a violet version available in some regions.
Fun and cutesy
When to use: For everyday gallivanting in the metro; the best accessory for casual #OOTDs
Samsung’s version of the silicone case with a colorful twist — an easy cover that adds protection and character to your phone.
It comes in black, blue, white, and violet.
Classic-looking and comfortable
When to use: You’re feeling timeless
For the leather lovers, Samsung has something for you, too.
Their Leather Wallet Cover is made of genuine Italian calf leather.
It has an inner lining which protects your phone and a useful pocket that keeps cards.
There’s also a red one (in some regions) if you want to sass it up.
Bonus: Since I’m on a roll, I didn’t want to stop at cases. Here are some more Note 9 accessories you might find useful.
Wireless Charging Pad
When to use: You’re living your best life and traveling everywhere
This multi-function charging pad will not only charge your Note 9, it will also power up your Galaxy Watch.
Wireless Charger Duo
When to use: For your everyday life because it’s the most efficient thing
Charge your phone and Galaxy Watch wirelessly, and at the same time!
HDMI to USB-C Cable/Adapter
When to use: You’re doing a presentation at work or Netflix and chilling
No need for docks! Project whatever’s on your Note 9 on a bigger monitor with just a cord.
Enjoy your Note 9! 😉
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