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The iPod was released at a time when there were few options to listen music on demand. Individuals could either play the albums they purchased or illegally downloaded in a media player on their personal computer, or they could carry around a bulky CD player and CDs that typically held, at most, 20 songs. Needless to say, these options weren’t especially convenient. MP3 players existed but didn’t hold many songs and never reached critical mass. The iPod was the best of all worlds, combining the compactness of other MP3 players with the storage capacity akin to home computers. And with the introduction of the iTunes store, Apple had not only changed how we listened to music, but also how we consumed it, and consequently, the music industry itself. People now had legal, à la carte access to practically any song at the click of a mouse and could listen to it wherever they wanted.
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