There’s no denying the profound effects of touchscreen technology development in the 2000s. Where we’d once been confined to dial pads and scroll wheels, we suddenly had a world of possibilities at our fingertips—literally. And while that was only a mild game changer when it came to navigating our music libraries, the range of new applications we had on hand was extraordinary.
We’ve come quite a long way in the 10-plus years since Apple first rolled out the iPod Touch and iPhone. The novelty of it all has definitely worn off now that we have thousands of apps available to suit our every need. But that doesn’t change just how fondly we look back on the start of it all.
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When thinking about portable music devices, it makes sense that your brain might go straight to the iPod. Believe it or not, though, there was a time when Apple didn’t completely dominate that branch of technology. In the early 2000s, it was actually incredibly common to see people using variations such as Microsoft Zunes or Creative ZENs.
Admittedly, Apple developed an early edge with its sleek and colorful models. However, its competitive advantage truly skyrocketed with the launch of the iPhone in 2007. This early smartphone allowed music enthusiasts to upload their extensive iTunes libraries onto their cellphones for the first time. It also allowed them to access and explore all sorts of new applications.
The technology became even more accessible with the release of the iPod Touch. People who couldn’t upgrade to iPhones due to network or cost now had similar capabilities on a standalone device. Most notable, of course, was the access to the Apple App Store.
Unsurprisingly, social media apps were extremely popular from the jump. Up until this point, users had been restricted to desktop access of their accounts (oh, the horror). Now, they could access their feeds from anywhere and at any time. Facebook and Twitter were early favorites, followed soon thereafter by the launch of Instagram (2010) and Snapchat (2011).
Entertainment-related apps were also in hot demand. For the first time, users were able to download songs directly to their Apple devices via the iTunes Store. If they heard a song that they liked but didn’t recognize in public, Shazam would do the work for them. Even movie schedules were reduced to app form through Fandango.
Perhaps the most notable, though, was the development of touchscreen games. People who had once carried handheld devices could now just download new games during their downtime. From Tap Tap Revenge to The Sims and everything in between, there was no shortage of fun to be had.
What were your favorite 2000s apps? Let us know in the comments below!