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The debt we owe the iPod

The now-dead iPod Classic put Apple on top of the tech world, and paved the way for bigger, brighter things. Here's our tribute to a tech icon.

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With the launch of the iPhone 6, Apple has quietly killed off the humble iPod Classic. Hit play as CNET's Adventures in Tech pays tribute to an iconic, innovative gadget -- one that put Apple on top, and paved the way for bigger and brighter things (yes, Apple Watch, we mean you).

The iPod, born in 2001, has a fascinating backstory. Built in a tearing hurry in time for a Christmas debut, this miniature music box was a team effort, that drew in some of Apple's best minds -- as well as a surprising amount of bought-in software.

An when it comes to the iPod, surprises abound. For example, it took years to take off, and only when Windows compatibility and some very famous marketing came into the mix, did Apple finally make its MP3 player a roaring success.

What are your iPod memories, and do you think Apple's newest tech does justice to its memory? Tell me your thoughts in the comments, on our Facebook wall, or let me know on Twitter. Oh, and don't forget to subscribe!

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