Backstage at the Creation of the iPod


Apropos of my post a while back on the hidden engineers behind Steve Jobs' recent triumph, video-game historian Benj Edwards has posted an article on MacWorld that provides a nice synthetic account of the origins of the iPod.  Edwards covers a number of the major figures responsible for the design and development of the iPod.  Tony Fadell (formerly of the General Magic "Magic Hat" project) created the initial design and headed the iPod project.  Jeff Robin, whose company Apple bought in order to acquire the software that became iTunes, headed the iPod software team.  Jonathan Ive created the final design, with probable inspiration from German designer Dieter Rams.  Of course there were dozens of still-anonymous engineers involved as well.