Not since the original Mac had a clarity of product vision so propelled a company into the future.
"If anybody was ever wondering why Apple is on the earth,
I would hold up this as a good example," Jobs told Newsweek's Steve Levy at the time.
Wozniak, who had long been skeptical of integrated systems, began to revise his philosophy.
"Wow, it makes sense that Apple was the one to come up with it," Wozniak enthused after the iPod came out.
"After all, Apple's whole history is making both the hardware and the software, with the result that the two work better together."
The day that Levy got his press preview of the iPod,
he happened to be meeting Bill Gates at a dinner, and he showed it to him.
"Have you seen this yet?" Levy asked.
Levy noted, "Gates went into a zone that recalls those science fiction films where a space alien,
confronted with a novel object, creates some sort of force tunnel between him and the object,
allowing him to suck directly into his brain all possible information about it."
Gates played with the scroll wheel and pushed every button combination, while his eyes stared fixedly at the screen.
"It looks like a great product," he finally said.
Then he paused and looked puzzled. "It's only for Macintosh?" he asked.