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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."


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http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news...857628946.html
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cool stuff, had no idea this was the case.
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That could be any mp3 player, not the ipod.
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That could be any mp3 player, not the ipod.
That's what I was thinking.
    
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post #5 of 22
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That could be any mp3 player, not the ipod.
Apple did admit themselves.

thats 30 years ago, I don't think anyone had plans to build mp3's like this.
Back then it was still the walkman casette player....

However, that design dousn't look anything like the ipod tho

But yeah, these things happens

If he would have had the funds and continued thes things it would have probably not made any difference since he'll be all for the cash aswell.
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post #6 of 22
Having and idea for a thing and actually designing, creating, mass producing, marketing and making a huge success of a thing are two very different things.

Most of these "I invented it" claims are from useless little individuals who never got up off their butts and did anything with the idea. Like Edison said - 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration!
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post #7 of 22
NO, no, no. I invented the iPod back in '45 - but it just wasn't practical to lug around the cable that had to attach to the iPod building. And I wasn't born yet.
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post #8 of 22
This is the way it is with like every modern day invention. Originality is very very..... rare.
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I think the funniest thing about the article is where it says it could only store 3.5 minutes of music. Like someone would actually carry around a music player and that could only hold one song. Also, in 1979, how would you even get digital music onto the player in the first place?
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