Invention of the iPod

The iPod originated with a business idea dreamed up by Tony Fadell, an independent inventor. Fadell's idea was to take an MP3 player, build a Napster music sale service to complement it, and build a company around it. Apple hired Fadell in early 2001 and assigned him a team of about 30 people, including designers, programmers and hardware engineers.

Invention: iPod in 2001

Function: noun / trademark / Internet Pod (Apple)

Definition: A portable device for downloading audio/video from the internet iTunes Web site Manufactured by Apple Computer, inc.

Patent: 7,054,981 (US) issued May 30, 2006

Inventor: Tony Fadell

Criteria: First to invent. First practical.

Birth: 1969

Nationality: American