– One year ago today, Apple introduced iPod to the world. At a special media event on October 23, 2001, Apple CEO Steve Jobs debuted what many now call the best digital music player in the world. The iPod has had a wild ride in such a short time. It won numerous awards and garnered glowing reviews from the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, c|net, Time, MP3.com, Fortune, PC Magazine, and a host of others.