Technology is as old as humans. Ever since the cave man humans were able to experiment with tools. Fire, flints, stone arrowheads, and more are all a part of our evolution. Sure the flint is not the same as an iPod but it is founded on that same spirit of discovery.
Every technology that exists today is founded on an earlier discovery or invention. Apple's creation of the iPod would never have been possible had Sony not invented the Walkman many years ago; yet it is also founded upon computer technology, which would not have been possible without the work of Charles Babbage. The modern computer also needs electricity and the notebook/laptop versions need batteries, also another key foundation for the iPod.
Technology can be made overnight, however each new invention is layered on earlier discoveries. Yet each is possible only by the inventive spirit of humanity, which again is one of the reasons that humans evolved along the path we did. Each new age brings a curiosity and willingness to experiment, which moves us to new heights.