Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs Dies at 56

Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs Dies at 56
Steve Jobs, whose company Apple revolutionized the music industry in the past decade, died today (October 5) after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56.

Apple released the following statement:

We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

Jobs was first diagnosed with cancer in 2004. He had surgery, but grew sick again in 2008. He took leaves from the company in 2009 and 2011, and resigned on August 24 of this year.

Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976, and was the company's CEO from 1997 to 2011. In those years, he led Apple to massive success, helping to craft an instantly recognizable image and releasing numerous innovative products.

Perhaps his greatest triumph -- and certainly the one that has had the most significant impact on the music world -- was the iPod. This portable MP3 player was first introduced in 2001, and its massive storage capability (not to mention the nifty design) has facilitated the music industry's move away from physical formats and towards digital downloading.

He also helped to pioneer iTunes. In addition to being an ultra-handy organizational tool, the iTunes Store has become the No. 1 music vendor in the U.S.

Other products created under Jobs' watch include the MacBook, iPhone, iPad, Safari web browser and Mac OS X.