There is a lot of buzz around this news in the media. Back in 1979, Kane Kramer, a British inventor, created a device very similar to today’s iPod. He tried to manufacture this device, about 20 years later he lacked enough money to keep the world patent of the device; for this reason, the patent became public. It seems that a few years later, Apple used this patent as an inspiration to its very successful iPod.
I believe we are dealing here with an inventor who went ahead of the times. In 1979, the device which was successful was the Walkman, invented by Sony. The Walkman had physical hardware to store the music. Those days, to think of a device like the iPod made little sense, which bases its success on the application of iTunes, allowing uploading music from the net and handling files from any computer, PC or Mac.
It is very common that throughout history many inventors went ahead of their times; it seems also to happen often that people with ideas lack the resources to bring them to the market.
For this reason, I believe it is very important that initiatives like Ideas4All exist; here, ideas con be brought together with the necessary capacity to make them real. If Kane Kramer would have had a tool like this back in 1979, maybe he would not have been forced to give up his patent, because he would have been able to find a company with enough resources to bring his idea to the market.