Tony Fadell wants new "amazing stories" to tell his children

iPod pioneer leaves Apple

One of the creators of the iPod and iPhone has left Apple after nine years at the company.

Tony Fadell stepped down from his role as senior vice president of the iPod division in 2008 but stayed on as a special adviser to Steve Jobs.

“My primary focus will be helping the environment by working with consumer green-tech companies,” Fadell told the New York Times. “I’m determined to tell my kids and grandkids amazing stories beyond my iPod and iPhone ones.”

Fadell first thought up a hard-drive-based digital music player in the 1990s and pitched the idea to Seattle-based Real Networks, which he left after six weeks due to reported clashes with the firm’s chief executive, Rob Glaser.

He joined Apple in 2001, working for then senior vice president Jon Rubinstein (now Palm’s chief executive), replacing him as head of the iPod division in 2006.

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