Why Is This Apple iPod From 2002 Selling for Almost $100k On eBay?

The 5 GB iPod is capable of carrying up to 1,000 songs but that’s not the big selling point.

The $99,999 iPod What's so special about this then? Image eBay

An iPod first manufactured way back in 2002 is selling on eBay for the hefty sum of $99,995 – but there’s a valid reason behind that huge price tag.

Posted on the auction website by TheAppleGuru, the iPod boasts 5 GB of storage space, capable of holding more than 1,000 songs and features a 2-inch monochrome LCD display showing the song title and name of the artist.

The iPod also includes the brand’s signature scroll wheel, centre button auxiliary button for fast, easy navigation between songs and albums.

The deets That's a...moderate amount of storage. Image eBay

It also boasts 10-hour battery life and is compatible with iTunes, where you can make playlists to your heart’s content.

But of course, none of this explains why it’s selling for such an astronomical sum.

According to seller TheAppleGuru, that’s down to the fact that it’s a first generation iPod prototype complete with a first-generation device serial number M8541 and 2001 copyright date on the back.

The serial number Crucial Image eBay

Crucially, it also features a red circuit board inside, dated 2002, which suggests that the model is an in-between development prototype, created prior to the release of the second generation iPod, and therefore extremely rare.

iPods first emerged on the scene back in October 2001, spawning a total of five different models and sales of over 100 million over the next 13 years.

The red board Another crucial detail Image eBay

Ultimately, the iPod was discontinued in 2014 after a decline in sales prompted by the arrival of another Apple creation – the iPhone.

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