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First Apple Macintosh, 1984
Commercial for launch of Apple Macintosh computer
1984 Apple Macintosh computer introduced
The Macintosh was the first computer to come with a graphical user interface and a mouse pointing device as standard equipment. With the coming of the Mac, the personal microcomputer began to undergo a major revolution in its purpose in serving humankind. No longer merely a mathematical tool of scientists, banks, and engineers, the micro was becoming the tool of choice for many graphics artists, teachers, instructional designers, librarians, and information managers. Its graphical representation of a desktop with its little folders and paper documents brought the idea of a metaphorical user interface to life. This new picture language that was introduced with the Macintosh would eventually develop standardized symbols for humans' use in communicating with the machine and ultimately contribute to the World Wide Web's metaphor of a virtual sense of place. The Macintosh GUI also paved the way for the development of multimedia. The hardware obstacles that prevented hypermedia from becoming a reality were no more.
ProtoolsApple Macintosh computer introduced, and soon Digidesign followed with a software called ProTools which would eventually displace dedicated sampling devices.
The iTunes Music Store (iTMS) is a paid online music service run by Apple Computer, introduced on April 28, 2003 with iTunes 4. iTunes Music Store
The store is the result of a deal with all five major record labels, BMG Music, EMI, Sony Music, Universal and Warner Bros., in addition to over 300 independent labels. It offers more than 700,000 songs, including exclusive tracks from more than 20 artists such as Bob Dylan, U2, Eminem, Sheryl Crow and Sting. Each song can be downloaded for 99 US cents and free 30 second previews are available of every song. Most albums are priced at 9.99 US dollars. The user can burn songs to a unlimited number of compact discs after download. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITunes_Music_Store [Jul 2004]
Apple 15 GB iPod M9460LL/A - Apple [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
The super-slim iPod defines what a digital music player should be. Itís lighter than two CDs, can hold up to 10,000 songs, thousands of digital photos and works as a personal voice recorder. Now you can sync with iTunes for Mac and Windows at blazing speeds, and take your entire music collection with you wherever you go. --From the Manufacturer
The iPod is a hard drive based music player from Apple Computer that can play MP3, WAV, AAC/M4A, AIFF and Apple Lossless files. In addition to playing music, iPods may be used as an external hard drive. iPods are distinguished by their small size, simple user interface based on a central scroll wheel, and fast FireWire or USB 2.0 connection. As of January, 2004, the iPod was the most popular digital music player in the United States, having over 50% of the market. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPod [Jul 2004]
First announced in October 2001  (http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=01/10/23/1816257&mode=thread), the iPod was originally available with a 5 GB hard drive. A 10 GB version was announced in March 2002, and a 20 GB version in July. Firmware upgrades have added some PDA functions. Some of the iPod software was developed by Pixo, a company founded by two of the developers that had worked on the Apple Newton, a Personal Digital Assistant produced by Apple Computer. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPod [Jul 2004]
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