I’m on my way to reception for tech writer Steven Levy who is publishing a new book about the iPod. It’s taking place at my friend Heidi Roizen’s ‘Kasbah’, a private underground night club on her estate in Silicon Valley.
I feel happy about taking time off to have some fun at the Kasbah because all of our CD and DVD submissions are now complete, and Discmakers have the manufacturing underway. In spite of hard drive crashes and other inevitable delays, I think we will make the deadline to release ‘The Sole Inhabitant’ on Nov 21st as scheduled. Initial reactions have been good: Apple may be interested in doing a feature on iTunes, and selling the entire concert as a download!
Which brings me back to the iPod. What a piece of tech history that product is! It was not the first: Diamond Rio and others had MP3 players out first, but Apple managed to marry hardware and software in an irresistable way. Tony Fadell was the catalyst–he worked with me at Beatnik, and has previously had a modicum of success with handheld products at Philips and elsewhere, but when he went to Apple he really nailed it. Timing is everything! I look forward to seeing Tony, Steven and others tonight to toast the incredible success of the iPod.