Twenty years ago, the iPod paved the way for Apple’s success

How a small, pricey music player changed the world.
  • Dan Moren (
  • 23 October, 2021 22:45

The beginning of Apple's turnaround has been pegged to a lot of dates: when Steve Jobs returned to the company as part of its acquisition of NeXT in 1997, the debut of the original iMac in 1998, even the release of Mac OS X in 2001. But if you're looking for the date that Apple truly charted its course for the market-dominating position it finds itself in today, you'll have to go to October 23, 2001, on the calendar—or exactly 20 years ago.