updated 07:30 am EDT, Wed July 21, 2004
Early iPod development
Wired News offers an inside look at the through an interview with a former senior manager at PortalPlayer, the company Apple approached to help develop the device. "'The interesting thing about the iPod, is that since it started, it had 100 percent of Steve Jobs' time,' said Knauss. 'Not many projects get that. He was heavily involved in every single aspect of the project.' At the beginning of the project, Jobs held meetings about the iPod every two to three weeks, but when the first iPod prototypes were built, Jobs became involved daily...Knauss said Jobs' influence was sometimes idiosyncratic. For example, the iPod is louder than most MP3 players because Jobs is partly deaf, he said. 'They drove the sound up so he could hear it,' Knauss said."