2000s: The fruity decade brings the Apple iPod and the Blackberry

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Apple iPod

The Apple iPod has probably changed the technology and music industries more than any other innovation in the past decade. The handy device made music even more portable and changed the way the world listened to music.

The iPod originated with a business idea from Tony Fadell, an independent inventor. Fadell's idea was to take an MP3 player, build a Napster music sale service to complement it, and build a company around it. Apple hired Fadell in early 2001 and assigned him a team of 30 people, including designers, programmers and hardware engineers.

The original innovation gave birth to many more gadgets, which many of us use every day of our lives.

 

YouTube

The invention that transformed regular computer users into internet superstars came to light in 2005 and earned TIME Magazine’s distinction as Best Invention just a year later.

YouTube was invented by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim out of a garage in Menlo Park. The inventors became millionaires when they sold their invention for $1.65 billion to Google.

YouTube was founded in February 2005, as a destination to watch and share original videos worldwide through the Web.

 

Research in Motion Blackberry

The original Blackberry was stylish and elegant even back when it was first released in 2002. You could send or receive email, chat with your clients or friends, open and check the attachments and surf the net at a good speed. The Blackberry raised the bar high for future smartphones, for how we multi-task and connect while on the go.

The ground breaking innovation sent the company flying high until 2012, when it seemed that Apple took the lead with their one of a kind iPhone.


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