CNET puts Apple iPod atop ‘Best 10 Products of Last 10 Years’ list

“Gadgets of every description have flowed through the doors of CNET for 10 years. Picking a list of the 10 best is an exercise in healthy but vocal arguments. Everyone has a different idea of what is meant by best,” Tom Merritt writes for CNET. “But the 10 we’ve included here had the most wide-ranging acceptance.”

CNET’s Top 10 Products for the Last 10 Years:
1. iPod (2001): “No other product has had the incredible, loyal devotion that the iPod inspires. It’s also one of only a handful of products to get a 9 rating from CNET. It revolutionized and popularized music players with its stylish design and is still considered the industry leader. Even if you devoutly believe other music players have better features now, you have to acknowledge that iPod is still the king.”
2. TiVo (1999)
3. Google (1996)
4. Original Napster (1999): “Here’s a product that wouldn’t make the list in its current form, but the original version came close to deserving the phrase ‘changed the world.'”
5. Firefox (2004)
6. PalmPilot (1996): “When PalmPilots first came out in 1996, they changed the way everyone thought about personal organization. It seems natural to have an electronic calendar in the palm of your hand now, but that wasn’t really true before 1996. No, we haven’t forgotten the Newton, but that didn’t really succeed, did it?”
7. Motorola Startac (1996)
8. Apple iMac (1998): “The thought of an Apple computer being meaningful was laughable before the iMac. Apple had fallen on hard times, and some predicted its death. Now some of those same pundits say the iMac saved it. Whatever you think, the iMac set Apple on the road to dominating through style and functionality rather than sheer features and power.”
9. Sony Digital Mavica MVC-HD5 (1997)
10. The Sims (2000)

Full article here.


  1. torn80: “How they didn’t mention Netscape from circa 1992 or so is beyond me. That is what made the internet available to “the masses”. A far more important event than Firefox 2004 or Google of 1996.”

    Well, torn80, I sympathize but can’t help noticing that 1992 was more than 10 years ago.

  2. We could nitpick & argue that the iMac should have been higher & TiVo lower. Still a good showing by Apple though (esp. when at least three of the ten were part of the Bad Old Days).

    Hmm, notice that none of the various Windows versions made the list (gee, what happened to all that MS innovation?).

  3. Microsoft has a whole PIPELINE of innovation. You will buy all the innovation we have because we have such a great track record of innovation as reflected above. Innovation is Microsoft’s middle name, innovation, innovation, innovation.

    Did I mention that really, we want to sell to corporations who are about 2 years behind the innovative technology users and we’ll get consumers to buy because most of them are blithering idiots?

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