The 1st gen iPod was released on October 23, 2001. It had a 5GB capacity, firewire and a battery with a life of about 10 hours. A 10GB version was released later. Famous Steve Jobs quotes about the iPod at the time it was introduced: "The biggest thing about the iPod is that it holds 1,000 songs. This is a quantum leap because for most people it's their entire music library. This is huge." "The coolest thing about the iPod is that your whole music library fits in your pocket."