Jobs, you didn’t invent the iPod —
Hey, Steve I did.
So says Kane Kramer, a luckless Briton who claims he developed a portable digital music player way back in 1979.
Sketches posted on Kramer’s Web site show a rectangular device, dubbed the PIXYS, with a large screen on the upper part of the face, a four-way directional pad below that and a headphone jack on the very top.
It looks more like Microsoft’s Zune than an iPod, but the resemblance to either machine is striking.
Apple’s original iPod, introduced in 2001.
Accompanying the sketches is a PDF of an undated 9-page typewritten document proposing a data delivery system called IXI, whereby music stored on a centralized server would be transmitted over telephone lines to record shops.
At the shops, PIXYS owners would pay to have their devices refilled with new songs. Unfortunately, the PIXYS could hold only one four-minute song at a time, so customers would have to keep coming back an awful lot.