Trapped in my iPod, originally uploaded by LeggNet.

Today is the iPod’s 5th birthday. It’s hard to believe that in just five short years the iPod has become such an icon for portable media. When the iPod was introduced, many tech forums were filled with comments from Apple fans lamenting the introduction of the device. Here is one such comment that was posted on the Mac Rumors forum on 10/23/2001:

“I still can’t believe this! All this hype for something so ridiculous! Who cares about an MP3 player? I want something new! I want them to think differently! Why oh why would they do this?! It’s so wrong! It’s so stupid!”

and here’s another:

“I’d call it the Cube 2.0 as it wont sell, and be killed off in a short time…and it’s not really functional.”

Wow, they were wrong. According to Apple’s most recent sales numbers, they have sold over 67,000,000 units to date. With five successful years behind it, will the iPod continue to be successful or will new competitors such as Microsoft’s Zune be able to bite into this Apple? Either way, it has been an exciting five years. Happy Birthday iPod!