Wired News gives inside look at birth of Apple’s iPod

“Ben Knauss is a former senior manager at PortalPlayer, the company Apple Computer approached to help develop an MP3 player that would eventually become the wildly popular iPod,” Leander Kahney writes for Wired News. “Knauss shared his firsthand knowledge of the device’s development, the glitches that almost killed it, and the extraordinary steps Apple took to keep the iPod a secret.”

“Apple CEO Steve Jobs molded the device’s shape, feel and design. ‘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,” Kahney writes.

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