Tech History Today – April 28

In 2001 – Dennis Tito became the first “space tourist” in human history paying his own way to the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

In 2003 – Apple opened the iTunes Music Store with 200,000 songs at 99 cents a piece. Songs could play back on any iPod and up to 3 authorised Macs. Windows users were out of luck but tracks could be burned to unlimited numbers of CDs.

Also In 2003 – Apple unveiled the “third-generation” iPod. The new iPods were thinner and featured the still used bottom Dock Connector port rather than the top-mounted FireWire port. The iPod controls also became entirely touch sensitive.