With news that will bring Apple faithfuls making up excuses and come-backs faster than the next million ipods can even be sold, here were are brining you story (via gizmodo) that is yet another corporate we told ya so. There's no doubt that most corporations don't come up with the cool stuff they just buy out the cool independent companies that did. No harm, no foul, they pay for it so it's theirs. Well what happens when the very inspiration a company was known for with their new product wasn't actually their own brain child. No one can argue that few other companies (if any) could've pulled off the ipod like Apple did. Just never forget that in the end the coporate rules are the coporate rules and people will ALWAYS be slighted when the goal is profits not true integrity. Again, this is a perfect example of a company not looking after ALL the stake holders in a project until they had too.
There you have it folks. The real inspiration for Apple's game-changing iPod, courtesy of the world's unluckiest Briton, Kane Kramer, 52 (not including the fifth Beatle). You see, in the dark technological days of 1979, Kramer saw a beacon of light in his IXI. Capable of playing a mind-busting 3.5 minutes of music, the IXI prototype was Kramer's ticket out of obscurity. Sadly, when he couldn't raise enough venture funding to renew the IXI patent in 1988, the device became the Zune of its time, and was largely forgotten. Fast forward to the present, when Apple, fresh from making year-over-year record profits with the iPod, needed Kramer something fierce to bail them out of a lawsuit jam with Apple called Kramer so he could serve as a consultant for the trial, and so his patents and drawings could be used to settle the suit out of court. "I was up a ladder painting when I got the call from a lady with an American accent from Apple saying she was the head of legal affairs and that they wanted to acknowledge the work that I had done," Kramer told Daily Mail. "I must admit that at first I thought it was a wind-up by friends. But we spoke for some time, with me still up this ladder slightly bewildered by it all, and she said Apple would like me to come to California to talk to them. Then I had to make a deposition in front of a court stenographer and videographer at a lawyers’ office. The questioning by the Burst legal counsel there was tough, ten hours of it. But I was happy to do it." And now he'd be even happier collecting some of that multi-billion dollar iPod business, but so far all he received was compensation for his time at the trial. The struggling furniture salesman, fresh from another failed business, is now negotiating additional compensation, but says he was happy to help whatever the outcome. Well, as long as it isn't more iPods... "I can’t even bring myself to buy an iPod for myself," he said. "Apple did give me one but it broke down after eight months." Hmm. Apple products seem to be doing that a lot these days.

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