The True Story Of The iPod - Invented 30yrs Ago By Furniture Salesman

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Apple has admitted it did not invent the iPod, which was in fact the brainchild of a British man who patented his prototype 30 years ago.

Kane Kramer, now 52, took out a worldwide patent in 1979 for a media player that looked similar to the iPod but could store only 3.5 minutes of music. He dubbed it the IXI and planned to expand its capacity as technology advanced.

However, after running out of funds in 1988 Kramer was unable to put forward the £60,000 needed to renew the patent so his idea fell into the public domain.

Kramer, now a struggling furniture salesman, was thereforee not entitled to receive any money or recognition from those who used his design.

The revelations came to light after patent holding company Burst sued Apple, claiming the iPod infringed on its patents.

Apple flew Kramer to the US to give evidence in its defence and used his original 1979 drawings of the IXI as evidence that Kramer, in fact, was the iPod's inventor.

The original iPod was unveiled in October 2001 and, since then, 163 million have been sold, filling Apple's coffers with billions of dollars in revenue.

"I was up a ladder painting when I got the call from a lady with an American accent from Apple saying she was the head of legal affairs and that they wanted to acknowledge the work that I had done," Kramer told the Daily Mail.

"I must admit that at first I thought it was a wind-up by friends. But we spoke for some time, with me still up this ladder slightly bewildered by it all, and she said Apple would like me to come to California to talk to them."

Kramer was questioned by Burst's lawyers for 10 hours. The dispute was eventually settled out of court.

Kramer, who recently closed down his struggling furniture design businesss, is now negotiating with Apple to receive compensation for the company's use of his drawings.

So far he has only been paid a fee by Apple for consultancy work related to the legal case.

"I can't even bring myself to buy an iPod for myself," he told the newspaper.

"Apple did give me one but it broke down after eight months."
 

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ipods and the like are not that innovative, imo.

the innovation is pairing them with iTunes.
 

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ipods and the like are not that innovative, imo.

the innovation is pairing them with iTunes.
Yeah, but using iTunes is like throwing your money in the garbage
It is way to easy to download music for free
why would anyone use iTunes?
 

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Yeah, but using iTunes is like throwing your money in the garbage
It is way to easy to download music for free
why would anyone use iTunes?
Ease of use. Apple knew this year's ago, but only now does it seems people are catching on. The Mac revival can definitely be attributed to the iPod's success and now the iPhone.
 

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BTW, good post and that is pretty nuts. I thought I made a mistake when I forgot to renew iPodrocks.com. I guess in retrospect, I probably saved myself $10, since they would have taken it anyway. This guy actually visualized the idea. He'd be a very rich man right now if he had held on to the patent.
 

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Ease of use. Apple knew this year's ago, but only now does it seems people are catching on. The Mac revival can definitely be attributed to the iPod's success and now the iPhone.
Yes thats true iTunes is easy to use
i definitely like download movies /tv shows on it
but i download all my music from limewire
(don't tell the RIAA)
 

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Hey chris your pm box is full, so i'll post it here maybe you'll read it..
Hey Chris,
i was thinking that if you have the time
and if you choose to do so
that an iPhone/iPhone3g Car Intergration Sub Forum
would be a great place to discuss different ways to hook up the iPhone in the car
whether it is bluetooth , custom kits, kits sold in your online shop.
Members would post pics of their interior and their iPhone setup, I know a lot of my friends are interested about different ways of setting up the iPhone in the car/truck
just a thought
-tom
 

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Ease of use. Apple knew this year's ago, but only now does it seems people are catching on. The Mac revival can definitely be attributed to the iPod's success and now the iPhone.
Exactly. They were selling an application as well as the technology. Why do you think AOL was so popular in spite of their pathetic performance?

The only part of the article that doesn't ring true is the £60,000 needed to renew a patent, unless England has some really steep IP rates.