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If all Steve Jobs was was the sum of his iPods, iPads and iPhones, then that'd be a lot.
But the legacy of the Apple cofounder, who died yesterday at age 56, goes beyond innovative gadgets and computers.
Here are five other pop-culture gifts he gave us:
1. Woody and Buzz: When Jobs bought George Lucas' computer-graphics division in 1986, Pixar was born, and the path to a pair of Toy Story friends (not to mention some great Randy Newman songs) was laid.
2. The Digitalized Beatles: For so long, the band's powers-that-be resisted having their catalog officially available as MP-anythings. Then, finally, in 2010, iTunes sealed the deal, and "Yesterday" became part of today.
3. Carrie Bradshaw's PowerBook: Sure, it crashed in the 2001 episode, "My Motherboard, My Self," but mostly it provided its unattached owner with constant companionship—and arguably gave Sex and the City its fifth star.
4. Commercials That Were Good: The 1984 Super Bowl spot. The dancing-silhouette iTunes promo. The long-running "I'm a Mac/I'm a PC" campaign. With the exception of the showy 1984 clip, titled "1984," the ads reflected Jobs' streamline aesthetic; without exception, they reflected Jobs' knack for user-friendly experiences. (For further proof of the boss's influence, look up one of the thoroughly pedestrian commercials that Apple produced during its Jobs-less period in the mid-1980s.)
5. A Meditation on Mortality; an Action Plan for Life: "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life," Jobs said in his 2005 Stanford commencement address. "Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."