Apple invented the iPod, right? Er, not quite. In fact, even Apple is seemingly hailing a British engineer called Kane Kramer as its true father. In 1979, he invented a device called IXI that could store and play back three and a half minutes of music. He patented it, but never managed to actually sell it, running out of funding by 1988, when the patents expired. So why is Apple now crediting him? Well, it called Kramer as a witness in a patent infringement case filed against Apple by a company called Burst, which said it invented the first iPod. The case was subsequently settled out of court, while Kramer says he’s now enjoying his moment in the limelight. There’s already a Facebook petition demanding Apple buy him a Ferrari.

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