Fadell and Rubinstein were fated to clash because they both thought that they had fathered the iPod.
As Rubinstein saw it, he had been given the mission by Jobs months earlier,
found the Toshiba disk drive, and figured out the screen, battery, and other key elements.
He had then brought in Fadell to put it together.
He and others who resented Fadell's visibility began to refer to him as "Tony Baloney."
But from Fadell's perspective, before he came to Apple he had already come up with plans for a great MP3 player,
and he had been shopping it around to other companies before he had agreed to come to Apple.
The issue of who deserved the most credit for the iPod, or should get the title Podfather,
would be fought over the years in interviews, articles, web pages, and even Wikipedia entries.
But for the next few months they were too busy to bicker.
Jobs wanted the iPod out by Christmas, and this meant having it ready to unveil in October.
They looked around for other companies that were designing MP3 players
that could serve as the foundation for Apple's work and settled on a small company named PortalPlayer.
Fadell told the team there, "This is the project that's going to remold Apple,
and ten years from now, it's going to be a music business, not a computer business."
He convinced them to sign an exclusive deal, and his group began to modify PortalPlayer's deficiencies,
such as its complex interfaces, short battery life, and inability to make a playlist longer than ten songs.