Goodbye Tony Fadell. I like the iPod. Thanks.
Tony Fadell the real creator behind the iPod has left Apple. While many people credit Steve Jobs as the mind behind the iPod, the most popular personal music device in history that helped change the face of Apple, the real iPod master was Tony Fadell who brought his MP3 player plans to Apple back in 2001.
Who is in line to replace the head of Apple's iPod Division? Mark Papermaster the former IBM chip master is headed there now, that is if he ever can get through all the red tape. IBM feels threatened by Papermaster's move from IBM chip making to Apple mobile entertainment device managing and is in the process of suing Apple in an effort to prevent Papermaster from joining the Apple team. The lawsuit is over a noncompete clause in Papermaster's IBM contract since chip manufacturing and personal music player development really compete against each other
Back to Fadell. It's sad to see the iPod creator go after he changed the face of the portable music industry. Oh well. According to Wozniak the iPod is on its way to its death bed
Apple has officially announced
"Mark Papermaster Joins Apple as Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering
CUPERTINO, California—November 4, 2008—Apple® today announced that Mark Papermaster is joining the Company as senior vice president of Devices Hardware Engineering, reporting to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Papermaster, who comes to Apple from IBM, will lead Apple’s iPod® and iPhone™ hardware engineering teams. Papermaster has 25 years of product and technology experience, and was previously a vice president at IBM.
Apple also announced that Tony Fadell, Apple’s senior vice president of the iPod Division, and his wife Danielle Lambert, vice president of Human Resources, are reducing their roles within the company as they devote more time to their young family. Fadell will remain at Apple as an advisor to the CEO. Lambert will depart the company at the end of this year after a successor is in place.
“Mark is a seasoned leader and is going to be an excellent addition to our senior management team,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Tony and Dani have each made important contributions to Apple over the past eight years. We’re sorry to see Dani go, and are looking forward to working with Tony in his new capacity.”
Papermaster has a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Texas, and Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont in 1988. He is active with the University of Texas where he is a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Council.
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone."