Who invented the iPod? This famous line of highly-portable media players can be seen everywhere. Over the years, consumers have gone head over heels for the iPod because of its easy-to-use intuitive user interface, the simple, yet elegant designs and the well-stocked, proprietary music program known as iTunes. The prestige of owning an Apple product is also a plus. Considering the sheer number of Apple iPod owners, it is surprising to know that an overwhelming majority does not know who invented the iPod.
The Apple iPod was first released on July 17, 2002. Available in white, the overall look and design is not dissimilar to the most current of models. Back then, it had an small LCD screen and a mechanical scroll wheel. It also featured a whopping 5 GB hard drive.
Almost 10 years later, the iPod has evolved into four distinct lines. Still, most die-hard Apple fanatics still do not know who invented the iPod. The obvious answer is some Apple employee. But, while this may be true, it is not entirely accurate.
A crack iPod team designed and launched iPod in 2001. Members of that team included Jon Rubinstein who was then Apple's senior manager of hardware, Jonathan Ive who was the senior vice-president of design, Tony Fadell who was then the senior vice-president of the iPod division, and Steve Jobs, the company CEO who oversaw the entire project.
The unique name was rumored to have the brainchild of Vinnie Chieco, a freelance copywriter who was not even an Apple employee. Chieco was hired by Apple as a member of a small team that helped figure out a way to best introduce the revolutionary new player to the general public. The name itself was based on a famous line in “2001: A Space Odyssey” that goes, “Open the pod bay door, HAL”.
While these individuals are credited for their part in the design and development of the iPod, there may have been other hard working Apple employees who also did their part but have not been recognized for their efforts but were nonetheless instrumental in the release of the very first Apple iPod.