How could we possibly forget? http://macsupport.ca/2006/01/09/happy-birthday-itunes/ Macsupport.ca reminds us that iTunes came screaming and kicking into the world on January 9, 2001. That was five years ago? How time flies when you see it go by $0.99 at a time. Anyway, we thought we'd take a little trip down memory lane with just a few of the important events in the early life of "...the world's #1 digital music jukebox." Cue the sappy music. • January 9, 2001: iTunes 1.0 arrives at MWSF, and is downloaded 275,000 times in the first week. • October 23, 2001: iTunes reaches the "terrible two's." Version 2.0 is made available. That 10-band EQ and cross-fade feature had us all swooning. • July 17, 2002: Version 3.0 is released. Smart playlists debut, as does support for Audible content. • April 28, 2003: iTunes 4.0 and the iTunes Music Store debut. What a difference nine months makes. I can still remember watching this Keynote at work (back when we could still watch live keynotes) and sitting stunned in my chair. AAC encoding also first appeared in version 4.0. • October 16, 2003: Hell freezes over. iTunes is released for Windows. That's right, Windows. The good news: It's not some watered down, hastily assembled port of the Mac version, but a shot-for-shot duplicate of the original. Windows users everywhere ask, "Is all your software like this?" We just grin. • July 17, 2005: 500 million downloads and counting. By now, the iTunes Music Store is available in the US, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, Canada, the UK, Germany and France. • May 9, 2005: Video killed the radio star. Video support is added. • October 12, 2005: Quickest update ever. iTunes 6.0 is released less than one month after version 5.0. Mac users everywhere say, "Whaa..?" while Steve zooms around in his Gulf Stream. Television shows and video downloads are added. • January 10, 2006: The next big announcement. Music fans await the next innovation from our beloved iTunes. Of course, this post wouldn't be complete without mentioning that other event from October 23, 2001: The birth of the iPod. But that's a story for another time.