iPod Socks in orange and green
iPod Socks in orange and green

iPod Socks were a set of multi-colored cotton knit socks introduced by Apple Computer in November 2004 for protection of iPods from damage during travel.[1]

History

The socks were jokingly presented by Apple CEO Steve Jobs as a "revolutionary new product" at a special music event held on October 26, 2004.[2][3] They were available in a package of six different colors, including green, purple, grey, blue, orange and pink, for US$29.[4]

Apple stopped selling the product sometime in September 2012.[5] The set soon became a collector's item, with aftermarket prices rising as high as US$90 by 2014.[6]

Reception

Jeremy Horwitz of iLounge gave a rating of B− for the socks, indicating a "Limited Recommendation". Horwitz noted the product's two-toned design and ability to hold an iPod of any size, but criticized the socks for inhibiting access to the screen and controls and high price.[7] In 2021, Chaim Gartenberg of The Verge described the product as a "bizarre piece of Apple's history" comparable to the Polishing Cloth, noting that the socks remained relatively popular during its availability from 2004 to 2012 due to their "relatively universal size" and bright colors.[8]

References

  1. ^ Revisiting the forgotten history of obscure Apple accessories by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac. March 19, 2018.
  2. ^ Dybwab, Barb (November 11, 2004). "Breaking news: iPod socks available for pre-order!!". Engadget. Retrieved November 9, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Jobs, Steve (October 26, 2004). Apple Special Music Event 2004 (Speech). California Theatre (San Jose).
  4. ^ Cohen, Peter (November 10, 2004). "iPod Socks coming in Dec". Macworld. Archived from the original on November 10, 2004. Retrieved November 9, 2021.
  5. ^ Apple removes iPod Socks from online store, AppleInsider. September 26, 2012.
  6. ^ Remember These iPod Accessories? by Lulu Chang, Bustle. October 30, 2014.
  7. ^ Horwitz, Jeremy (November 30, 2004). "Review: Apple iPod Socks". iLounge. Archived from the original on March 15, 2008. Retrieved November 9, 2021.
  8. ^ Gartenberg, Chaim (October 26, 2021). "AirPod Beanies bring back the infamous iPod Sock for a new generation". The Verge. Retrieved November 9, 2021.