Adam B. Vary
December 04, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

The decade kicked off with him officially regaining control of the company he founded, and over the next 10 years, this visionary steered Apple through a veritable media revolution. He changed the way we consume music, TV, and movies and transformed the idea of a cell phone into a mobile fun house. Like no one else this decade, Steve Jobs, 54, got us all to think different.

In 2001, the first iPod could hold 1,000 songs. Today’s can store as many as 40,000.

Selling songs for 99¢ at the iTunes Music Store revolutionized the music industry…

…making Apple the biggest seller of music in the country, period. (But still no Beatles? Steve!)

From the ubiquitous?and highly entertaining?Mac and iPod ads…

…to the sleekly designed Apple stores, Jobs famously sweats the details while never forgetting the big picture.

E-mail, music, TV, movies, games, apps, news, and, oh yes, calling people. For tens of millions now, it’s ”iPhone, therefore I am.”

What will the next decade have in store? Whatever it is, iReady.

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