Apple founder Steve Jobs, who died Wednesday after a long struggle with cancer, leaves behind a legacy rivaled by few in the history of American technological innovation. The MacIntosh, the iMac, the iPod, iTunes and the iPhone are just the highlights of a career that spanned four decades and apparently was active until very recently.
He changed the way we consume information, and his impact on the music industry is profound and indelible. Indeed, as Antony Bruno said in his Jobs tribute in Billboard.biz: "That a man who never played an instrument or so much as sang a note professionally could be considered one of the greatest rock stars of this generation speaks to the impact Steve Jobs had on the music industry, and the legacy on it he leaves behind. In a way different from any artist or label exec, Jobs will remain an iconic figure in the history of the music business. The innovations he shepherded into the market changed not only the way music is distributed, sold and enjoyed, but also, to an extent, the way it is made, something few can claim."
Jobs was unique, and the contributions he made to modern society and culture are immense and enduring. Below are videos of several key moments from his illustrious career.
Jobs introduces the MacIntosh, 1984:
Jobs introduces the iMac, 1998:
Steve Jobs introduces the iPod, 2001:
Stanford commencement address, 2005: "Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become."
Jobs introduces the iPhone at MacWorld 2007:
Jobs introduces the iPad, 2010:
Jobs introduces the iCloud, June 6, 2011:
Jobs' last public appearance, Cupertino City Council, June 7, 2011: