updated 03:15 pm EST, Fri December 16, 2005
2005 Apple timeline
The Associated Press today published for Apple Computer in 2005, marking those points in time where Apple changed history forever. On January 11th, Apple introduced the iPod shuffle, its first flash-based digital music player, as well as the company's book-sized $500 Mac mini--Apple's entry product into the budget desktop PC market. On the 24th of January, iTunes Music Store downloads topped a quarter million, averaging more than a million songs per day. February 23rd marked the introduction of Apple's second-generation iPod mini, slashing the price of the 4GB model from $250 to $200 and unveiling its new 6GB model at $250. In late April, Apple shipped its first release of Mac OS X 10.4, codenamed "Tiger." The iTunes Music Store launched in four European countries on May 10th, in Japan on August 24th, and in Australia on October 19th, bringing the total number of countries served to 21.
On June 6th, Apple announced plans to use Intel processors in a new line of Macintosh computers beginning in 2006. iTunes introduced its podcast directory on June 28th, and by July 18th iTunes downloads had topped half a billion. September 7th signaled the debut of Apple's most popular digital media player, the flash-based iPod nano. Apple reported record revenue of nearly $14 billion for the full fiscal year on October 11th, and fourth-quarter income more than quadrupled with explosive sales of iPods, as well as strong computer shipments. On October 12th, Apple rolled out its highly-anticipated fifth-generation iPod with video capability, as well as a new iMac G5, and its Front Row software. Also announced was a groundbreaking deal with Walt Disney and ABC that revolutionized the video industry. Finally, on December 6th Apple announced a deal with NBC offering 11 shows via the iTunes Music Store.