I am sure; most of you are crazy about iPods. But do you know what iPod stands for? Do you know who invented it? iPod is a brand of portable media players brought about by Apple Inc. It was launched in 2001 and within a few years from its launch, iPods have become a rage among the youngsters. iPod Classic, iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPod Nano that is equipped with video capabilities are some members of the Apple product line.
Following the orders of the Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, a team of hardware engineers started working on the iPod product line. Jon Rubinstein, a hardware-engineering chief at Apple, led the team. The team comprised other hardware engineers like Tony Fadell and Michael Dhuey and the design engineer Jonathan Ive. Jobs described the iPod as a Mac-compatible product with a 5 GB hard drive that enables you to put a 1000 songs in your pocket!
Did Apple develop the complete software in-house? No, they did not. They used the reference platform developed by PortalPlayer, a fabless semiconductor company. After the development of portable media players, Apple began to plan for the launch of their new product line. They called upon a copywriter, Vinnie Chieco to think of a way in which the product could be introduced to the public. The names he suggested for the new product were already used by others. Joseph N. Grasso of New Jersey had applied to the US Patent and Trademark Office for the trade name 'iPod' for Internet kiosks. In 2005, Grasso assigned the name to Apple Computer, Inc. and the iPod got its name! What do the initials of iPod stand for? Actually, they suit better for an Internet kiosk, which is a pod for human users. But, even if given to a music player, it is a catchy name that is easy to remember.