Although it looks like an iPod is a regular device, this version of portable digital music players is only about 20 years old, following a period of dealing with expensive, poorly used MP3s.
The credit for this digital revolution is attributed to the genius Anthony Fadel, one of the scientists of Arab origin, who succeeded in introducing a new digital technology to the world, represented in a small size, large memory and easy to use music player. And surely this was with real help from Steve Jobs, the owner of Apple. So what is the story?
The advent of the MP3 format in the late 1990s enabled music lovers to collect and enjoy hundreds of digital audio tracks.
But those paths were restricted to computers. So it made sense that the next step would be to edit the files by placing them on some kind of device; So that the user can run it wherever and whenever he wants.
Limited storage was the biggest problem with early MP3 players, and although some companies offered players larger than 2GB of storage, users ran into the exorbitant cost barrier of acquiring such devices, sometimes as low as $2,000. for one device.
In 2001, Intel launched its first portable, mass-storage music player for a relatively reasonable price, but it didn’t last long due to the company closing its home electronics division later that year.
But in the same year, Apple introduced the first iPod, with a capacity of 5 GB and a large screen in black and white. The first iPod sold for $400. The question: Who was the creditor of introducing this invention to the world?
Anthony Fadel.. Godfather of the iPod
It is believed that Anthony Michel Fadel, an American of Lebanese descent, was behind the revolutionary invention known as the iPod, but before we start with the story let’s get to know the man closely.
Fadel has dealt with computers since the age of twelve and attended, reviewed computer magazines and dreamed of working with the team responsible for creating the Apple Macintosh computer.
So, he studied computer engineering at the University of Michigan and as an undergraduate he built a small business, specializing in the production of multimedia software for children. After gaining some experience working for giant corporations like Philips and as a lifelong music lover, he hoped to develop a portable digital music player.
While seeking funding for his own company, he received a call to advise Apple, with founder Steve Jobs at the top of the company’s career hierarchy.
Jobs was interested in developing a music player, and at the time, Fadell pitched his initial idea of the iPod to Jobs, who offered him a full-time job to lead a group of the company’s mega projects.
According to a number of sources, Fadel oversaw the first 18 versions of the iPod; It was the device that revived Apple’s faltering fortunes and disrupted the cassette tape and CD-based music industry.
Within five years, Fadhel had risen from an outside consultant to a senior vice president in charge of Apple’s iPod division.
iPhone..a genius idea?
When Steve Jobs decided to switch Apple to the mobile phone business, he appointed Fadel in charge of the new project after his huge success with the iPod file.
At first, efforts to add a phone to the iPod build failed, but when Fadel and his team reimagined the project as a mobile phone with an iPod built in, they created another device, the iPhone; The device that put Apple at the top of the mobile phone industry.
Despite the success of the working relationship between Jobs and Fadel, their personal relationship was turbulent, even if all expectations pointed to the Lebanese as a possible successor to Jobs. In the end, the feud between the duo led to heated arguments and repeated threats by Fadel to resign.
The end of Anthony Fadel and Apple’s relationship
Around 2008, Fadel began dating Apple’s vice president of human resources, Daniela Lambert, and married her within a year. Over time, before they resigned in the same year.
After leaving Apple, Fadel and Lambert set out to build an environmentally sustainable, energy-efficient dream home in Lake Tahoe. At that time, the duo decided to use their experiences in the field of digital technology to build a smart device that could control the temperature of the house, by learning the habits of users.
Hence, Fadel created Nest, a company to add digital technology to homes; It is the company that Google acquired in 2014 for about $3.2 billion.
1- The development of the Mp3 player.
2- Anthony Fadel..inventing the future
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