The Apple iPod was invented by Kane Kramer in 1979. Uh-huh! Apple even admits it. Apple even hired the inventor to testify for Apple in a patent lawsuit - not filed by Kramer. He made a prototype device that would almost play one entire song. Three and a half minutes. But he couldn’t raise the money to proceed and he let the patent expire.
Apple got themself in a legal jam, and looked up Kramer to help them out. So far, all he has earned is money for testifying.
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By: Going Like Sixty - Published: Sep 8, 2008 • References: gizmodo