“Apple Computer Inc. said Friday it hired Jonathan Rubinstein as a consultant after he resigned as senior vice president of the company’s iPod music player division. The April 14 resignation was disclosed in a regulatory filing Friday… He is being succeeded by Tony Fadell, who joined the iPod engineering team in 2001 and was promoted to head of engineering for the iPod group in 2004, Fadell reports to Chief Executive Steve Jobs,” Reuters reports.

“Apple… said Rubinstein, through his J.R. Ruby Consulting Corp., agreed to make himself available for an average of one business day per week until April 16, 2007. He will be paid a ‘non-material’ flat fee, Apple said,” Reuters reports.

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MacDailyNews Note: During the 1990s, Fadell started his own company called Fuse to develop consumer hardware devices. One of the devices he had in mid to develop was a portable hard disk-based music player. Fadell’s Fuse failed, so to find capital, Fadell started shopping the idea to other companies to see if they would be interested in developing such a product. He first approached Rob Glaser’s RealNetworks in 2000, but left after only six weeks. The second company he approached was Apple. John Markoff, for the New York Times, reported in April 2004 that “RealNetworks had been trying to develop consumer electronics products based on the company’s RealPlayer software program. Mr. Fadell, however, lasted only six weeks at the company because, his friends said, he did not see eye to eye with Mr. Glaser, the chief executive. As a result, several former Apple employees suggested, Mr. Glaser might have allowed an iPod-like hit product to slip through his fingers.” Damn those greasy Krispy Kremes!

Apple’s Jon Rubinstein bio page remains online here: http://www.apple.com/pr/bios/rubinstein.html

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