If you missed the opportunity to buy the original iPod nearly 18 years ago, now is your second chance — but it won’t be cheap.
A very rare first-generation iPod factory sealed in its “unopened original box” in “unopened original shrink wrap” has surfaced in a new eBay listing with an asking price of $19,995, over 50 times more than the $399 it cost when it was first unveiled by the late Steve Jobs in October 2001.
Jobs famously pitched the original iPod as offering “1,000 songs in your pocket.” The iconic device features a 5GB hard drive, a two-inch grayscale LCD screen, up to 10 hours of battery life, a FireWire port, and a scroll wheel for “simple, one-handed navigation.” Its 0.75-inch thickness was slim at the time.
It’s hard to say exactly how many factory-sealed original iPods are still in existence, but there are likely not many, and they rarely go on sale. When they do, they often fetch large sums, with the $19,995 price for this listing in line with an original iPod that reportedly sold for $20,000 on eBay back in 2014.
Bids are open on eBay.
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