iPod dirty secrets

Original iPod

Ben Knauss, a former manager at PortalPlayer, the company which created the guts of the iPod, dishes all the scandalous tidbits behind the birth of Apple's digital audio player, like that Steve Jobs is partially deaf, which is why the volume on the iPod is so loud (he may also be secretly blind, which could be the real reason why there won't be a video iPod), and that IBM was planning its own MP3 player using its MicroDrives that would sport a circular screen and wireless Bluetooth headphones, but that PortalPlayer dropped all its other clients when Apple committed to the iPod. Knauss also had the brilliant foresight to quit right before the iPod came out because he thought it'd be a failure.