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Wired offers look at early iPod development

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."




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  1. crayola

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ooh

    the iPods go to 11

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Perhaps if Mr Jobs...

    ...had spent more time on OS-X & wasn't 'hard of hearing' we'd have had a better OS earlier & the market share would be higher than 4%...

    Turn up the vulume! There's still a LOT of room for improvement in OS-X...

  1. genevish

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Funniest line

    The funniest part is the end where he quits because he thought the iPod would flop. Talk about bad decisions...

  1. rok

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: funniest line

    um, i happen to recall EVERYone thinking the ipod would flop when it debuted. EVERYONE.

    we were ALL wrong.

  1. tdellos

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Just a hint of FUD?

    Quote: "This is the project that's going to remold Apple and 10 years from now, it's going to be a music business, not a computer business."

    I hate when sensationalist drivel like this is plopped into an otherwise interesting article. Also it has just a slight aroma of FUD. I mean come on, Apple is NOT going to be a music business in (insert arbitrary number) years. It may be more consumer electronics focused, but that's just seems like foresight on Apple's part regarding where the whole industry's going.

    Just my two cents...

  1. denim

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Partially deaf

    This makes sense! It explains why he doesn't hear people complain. (grin)

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re:Perhaps if Mr Jobs

    "...had spent more time on OS-X & wasn't 'hard of hearing' we'd have had a better OS earlier & the market share would be higher than 4%..."

    There is nothing lacking in OS X that gives the Mac a 4% marketshare. You blaming OS X doesn't make sense. It's the best OS out there. If the OS is to be blamed, it should be focused on the timing. If OS X came out in the mid 90's then it would have taken more market share away from Windows, but that isn't something Jobs could control.

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    It's a good thing

    If he wasn't hard of hearing, I wouldn't be able to hear my music at all while I mow the lawn!

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    He quits at the end....

    It is funny that he quits before the release, but it's even funnier that somebody with such short sightedness gets hired by Microsoft. I mean really, he fits right in there!

  1. ciphun

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: rok

    Do not say EVERYone, you don't recall me saying anything. I never said that at all.

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