Today’s Kids Have No Idea How The First iPod Worked

Hey, I just thought of a new disciplinary measure: Take away a kid’s smartphone and give ’em a non-touchscreen “dumb” phone. ^_^


It’s easy to forget that technology changes quickly when you follow this industry. When the first iPod was released in 2001, it was a much different world. Components weren’t powerful enough to create smartphones and tablets. Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and Spotify didn’t exist. Microsoft had just released the original Xbox and Windows XP.

Today’s kids are now younger than the original iPod. Some of them have always lived near a smartphone. In the video embedded above, Fine Brothers Entertainment gives an iPod to a few kids with very little instruction about how it works. And I find this video fascinating for many reasons.

Many praised the click wheel on the iPod as an innovative human interface mechanism. But when you give an iPod to these kids and tell them to play a song, all of them will try to swipe on the screen, expecting it to be a touch screen.

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Author: rjbailey

"I have no idea what I'm doing, but I know I'm doing it really, really well." - Andy Dwyer

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