October 22, 2021
The iPod success story was far from assured, even after it was launched, says Tony Fadell, the man dubbed “father of the iPod.”
Early sales were nothing to write home about, and Fadell felt it would take three generations before the product line would take off, so he asked Apple cofounder Steve Jobs to make a promise…
The CNET interview starts with some familiar ground. Fadell was trying to get his own mp3 player off the ground in his startup, Fuse Systems. It wasn’t going well, and when Apple asked him to consult for them, his primary motivation was earning enough money to keep his company going.
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“We need a user-friendly — no, a ‘user-delightful’ — tool to bring digital asset security to the rest of us, not just the geeks,” said Fadell.