The iPod


Who invented the iPod? The names of the people most often credited with inventing the iPod are Steve Jobs (1955 - 2011) of Apple Inc. and engineer and designer Tony Fadell (1969 - Present). When was the iPod invented? Steve Jobs and Tony Fadell invented the iPod in 2001, during the Technology and Information Age of inventions. The invention of the iPod originated in America, developed by Apple Inc. and is considered a significant achievement to the field of Communications and Information.

Definition of the iPod: The iPod is defined as a small, portable electronic device developed by Apple as a media player for playing and storing digital audio and video files. Tony Fadell is often referred to as the "Father of the iPod".


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Fact File about the Invention of the iPod: Invention: iPod *** Date of Invention: 2001 *** Name of Inventors: Steve Jobs and Tony Fadell *** Nationality of Inventors: American *** Historical Period: Technology and Information Age *** Category: Communications and Technology *** Country of Origin: America *** Facts about the Inventors, Steve Jobs and Tony Fadell, and the invention of the iPod ***

Fact 1: Who invented the iPod? The iPod was invented by Steve Jobs and Tony Fadell of Apple Inc. in 2001 during the Technology and Information Age of inventions which was a paramount addition to advancements made in the area of Communications and Information.

Fact 2: Who invented the iPod? Prior to the invention of the iPod in 2001, Kane Kramer, a British inventor, developed and patented the idea of a portable, plastic digital music player in 1979, but his patent expired and he we unable to afford to renew the patent against the big businesses who had developed the MP3 players.

Fact 3: Who invented the iPod? The early MP3 players were a great idea but unwieldy. The early MP3 players were big and bulky, had limited memory capacity and their batteries were short lived.

Fact 4: Who invented the iPod? Steve Jobs had co-founded the Apple Computer Company (later Apple Inc.) with Steve Wozniak in 1976 and the company quickly became a global phenonomen with the first mass-market personal computer and the Apple Mac. The success of the personal computer would be closely followed by the invention of the iPod in 2001.

Fact 5: Who invented the iPod? In 2001 Steve Jobs introduced the "Digital Hub" strategy, a cohesive, interconnected plan to make all digital devices more useful through the power of software.

Fact 6: Who invented the iPod? With his "Digital Hub" strategy in mind Steve Jobs requested his team at Apple to find a way of making better MP3 players than those that were already available. The problem was the technology required was not available.

Fact 7: Who invented the iPod? Jon Rubinstein, an Apple computer scientist and electrical engineer, obtained a prototype hard drive from Toshiba and passed the project on to Tony Fadell to head the Apple music player division.

Fact 8: Who invented the iPod? Tony Fadell wanted to transfer digital music from compact discs or the computer. His goal was to "develop the best portable product in the world to take your music where you want to go".

Fact 9: Who invented the iPod? Tony Fadell worked on the design of the iPod with input from Steve Jobs. Their new, innovative MP3 player was different from the others. It  had a high quality and stylish case that was strong and durable. The iPod also boasted huge storage capacities, an intuitive interface, and total control over various forms of media.

Fact 10: Who invented the iPod? The name 'iPod' came from a freelance copywriter called Vinnie Chieco, when the pure white device reminded him of Stanley Kubrik’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and the immortal line, “Open the Pod Bay doors, Hal".

Fact 11: Who invented the iPod? After just an 8 month development program Steve Jobs unveiled the iPod on October 23, 2001 calling it a "breakthrough digital device". Apple then released released its iTunes music jukebox software offering legal music downloads for 99 cents per song.

Fact 12: Who invented the iPod? Tony Fadell on the first eighteen generations of Apple's music player and also played a significant role in the hardware design of the iPhone.

Fact 13: Who invented the iPod? The iPod eventually earned the reputation of the coolest MP3 player on the market and became the most widely purchased MP3 player.

Fact 14: Who invented the iPod? About the inventors: Tony Fadell, was born on March 22, 1969 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. He spent his early years in Detroit, Michigan and was educated at the University of Michigan. Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco on on February 24, 1955 and educated at Reed College, Portland, Oregon.

Fact 15: Who invented the iPod? Tony Fadell collaborated with Steve Jobs through 18 generations of Apple's iPod music player and served as its Vice President of iPod Engineering from 2004 to 2006. He was also involved in the hardware design of the original Apple iPhone

Fact 14: Who invented the iPod? Tony Fadell left Apple in 2008 and founded Nest Labs, Inc. He remained a good friend of Steve Jobs. He received the Alva Award that honored him as "the next great serial inventor". In January 2015 Tony Fadell began working for Google with the design and management of Google Glass, an optical head-mounted display unit designed in the shape of a pair of spectacles.

Fact 15: Who invented the iPod? Steve Jobs went on to achieve massive success with the iPhone followed by the iPad followed in 2010.  Steve Jobs unveiled the iCloud in 2011 but sadly died on October 5, 2012 as a result of pancreatic cancer. 

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