9 Great Products Launched in Downturns Recessions don't kill innovation By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff Posted Nov 20, 2010 3:41 PM CST 4 comments Comments A 2001 file photo of the original iPod. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, file) (Newser) – Who says the worst recession since the 1930s means you can't debut a great product? The Huffington Post lists 9 hugely successful ones launched in tough economic times: iPod: Apple unveiled it less than 2 months after the September 11 attacks, amid the resulting recession. Microsoft Office: Bill Gates launched it at the end of the downturn of the late '80s, and HuffPo notes that the company itself began amid recession in 1975. Dawn Liquid Soap: This most popular of dish soaps debuted during the market panic caused by the 1974 oil embargo. Hershey Kisses: This iconic sweet was unveiled during the Panic of 1907, when the stock market lost 50% of its value. Click here for the full list.