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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

An iPod before there were iPods

Here's a great story from Wired about a guy in the UK who came up with the idea of a portable digital music player. His name is Kane Kramer and he was way ahead of his time.

Kramer came up with the idea for a pocket-sized, portable solid state music player... The IXI System had a display screen and buttons for four-way navigation. In a report presented to investors in 1979, the IXI was described as being the size of a cigarette packet. Is this sounding familiar yet?

It's a sad story that he had an Idea back in the 70's and now his dream is realized. And Kramer isn't getting anything for it.

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