3) iPod, third generation (2003)
Glowing buttons and a touch wheel on the third-generation iPod made you feel a bit like you were living in the future. And it was also a future that Windows users were now properly invited to.
Whereas the second-generation iPod had Windows compatibility through Musicmatch, now iTunes moved to Windows, enabling the 95 per cent or so of people who weren’t Mac users to enjoy its charms.
And what a list of charms it had: that lovely, rounded case, a throne-like dock, plus an extra five minutes of skip-protection (up to 25 minutes), a minor miracle for those still used to babying their CD Walkmans.
4) iPod shuffle, second generation (2006)
The original iPod shuffle looked like a USB memory stick, but with playback controls attached.
And that’s probably because that’s more or less what it was. That screenlesss iPod was also designed to help you rediscover your music, by autofilling and randomly playing back songs.
It really came of age, though, with the dinky second-generation ‘clip’ model, which was perfect for listening to music while at the gym. Its proprietary dock was truly awful, but we were too besotted by its dinky proportions to really notice.
After a moment of madness (see later), Apple more or less returned to this model’s set-up for the fourth generation, which survived until the line was axed entirely.