Apple's iPod went from idea to product in a single year, according to the 'father' of the iconic music player

Business Insider | 1/13/2020 | Ben Gilbert
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Apple's iconic iPod went from idea to prototype to product in a single year, according to the man credited with leading the creation of Apple's wildly popular music player.

According to Tony Fadell, the "father of the iPod," Apple's plan to create a portable music player went from idea to shipped product entirely in one year: 2001.

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"There was no team, prototype, designs, nothing," Fadell told Stripe CEO Patrick Collison. The project wasn't even approved by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs until nearly the end of March, Fadell said.

The first iPod launched to critical and commercial acclaim in October 2001.

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One of Apple's most iconic devices, the iPod, went from idea to launch in a single year: 2001.

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That's according to Tony Fadell, the man regularly credited as the "father of the iPod." Fadell told Stripe CEO Patrick Collison about the history of the iPod's creation for Collison's blog.

Fadell said his first conversation with Apple about the iPod project didn't take place until January 2001. "There was no team,...
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