The iPod is now unfortunately on the wane (and mainly because its features are incorporated in iPhones these days), but it played a hugely important role in getting music distribution to where it is today. Commentators have noted that it helped bring about the end of the "album era" and push the industry to the focus on digital singles that we all know so well. But according to a editorial on the history of portable audio devices on Samsung's site (via 9to5Mac), all that never happened.
Granted, it is a Samsung site, and since the company has no qualms keeping athletes from using their iPhones (and iPods, for that matter) at events like the Olympics, it stands to reason that they won't trumpet Apple products on their own blog.
But this is the history of portable music devices, after all, and the iPod undeniably stands at the center of that discussion. Following a discussion of cassette players, however, the post immediately jumps to the obscure 40MB Samsung YEPP MP3 player and then jumps to the use of smartphones for portable music. The entire era of iPod dominance only gets this line: “Starting in 2006, as smartphones became more prominent, and featured a music player function, MP3 players started to phase out.”
Of course, the iPod isn't the only monumental product left out here; the post also neglects to mention the Sony Walkman, which made portable music more of a reality than anything that came before it.
It's also worth noting that the article could have been crafted to take a dig at Apple anyway, as the whole history builds up to the release of the Galaxy Note 4's support of 24 bit, 192kHz audio. Apple doesn't support that kind of sound quality yet (despite the protests of folks like Neil Young), and it's one small way that Samsung could have established itself as the winner. But no, for Apple's Korean rival, the crew in Cupertino doesn't even exist.