Well, this is interesting. Apparently, Microsoft has a patent to the iPod. Read more here.
My favorite quote from the article is this:
David Kaefer, Microsoft's director of intellectual property licensing, said it was open to letting other firms patent its innovations.
He said: "In general, our policy is to allow others to license our patents so they can use our innovative methods in their products.
Isn't that just the nicest thing ever? Microsoft is always looking out for the little guy.