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Who invented the iPod?

written by: AlexisW•edited by: Lamar Stonecypher•updated: 6/25/2011

The iPod has changed the way people listen to music. Read this article to find out who invented the iPod and when the iPod came out.

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    Who invented the iPod?

    There are many inventors of the iPod, so there is no one clear answer to the question of who invented the iPod. The iPod's invention could be credited to the independent contractor who first brought the idea of a newer, better MP3 player to Apple. This independent contractor, named Tony Fadell, was the brainchild behind the iPod. He then worked with a team of design engineers and programmers in order to make the idea become a reality.

    When Steve Jobs and Apple heard the idea for the iPod, they knew immediately it was a great one. In order to continue the development that Tony Fadell began when he brought the idea to them, they contracted with a company called PortalPlayer who could create a prototype device. PortalPlayer made the first prototype device that the iPod technology would draw from, creating an MP3 player with an embedded operating system.

    Apple created a contract with Pixo, which has since been absorbed by Sun Microsystems, to develop the prototype iPod interface that would later be the foundation for the iPod’s user friendly reputation. Steve Jobs then used all of these ideas and pieces from different sources and he and the Industrial Design Group developed both the look of the iPod and the style and functionality of the final product.

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    When did the iPod Come Out?

    The first iPod debuted on the market in 2001. Since then, it has revolutionized the MP3 player market and has become the bestselling MP3 player of all time. It has also developed and evolved greatly from the original model, which was able to hold 1000 songs. The original Apple iPod also did not work on Windows, but now is a multi-platform piece of technology.

    Modern iPods can hold more than 40,000 songs on the models with the largest storage capacity. There are six different models available in all different colors, each with their own full color screen (except the Shuffle, which does not require a screen). iPods can now play video, and there is even an integrated iPhone that makes use of iPod technology but is combined with a phone. The iPod’s traditional click screen wheel has evolved into new touch screen iPods, and other more advanced technology that makes iPods more user friendly and sleek and attractive than ever before.

    Numerous third party companies have developed add-ons for iPods, including Nike, which provides a fitness program that uses the iPod to play music and track calories. Other companies have developed docking stations that allow the iPod to play music for a whole household. Still others produce Apps for the iPod touch or iPhone that are used to make Apple's technology even more exciting.

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    iPod Technology

    Ipod technology has also given rise to other innovations, including a Tablet product that promises to offer users the chance to watch TV and have new levels of connectivity. The technology and the design of the iPod helped to make Apple into a household name, and the iPod has become almost synonymous with music and youth.