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#TechThrowback: Music Players Through the Ages

by Moderator on ‎01-02-2018 11:49 AM - last edited on ‎01-02-2018 02:51 PM by Community Manager

Remember what listening to music was like in the good old days?

Music has come a long way in the past few decades. From being only able to enjoy songs on the radio to streaming music we want directly, there was a whole generation of technology dedicated solely to bring music wherever you went.

 

1979: Let's start with the first Sony Walkman that was introduced in Japan. This device changed the world, because now you could carry all your favorite music in cassette tapes and having lightweight headphones meant no one could judge you for your taste in music. If you had a Sony Walkman, you were automatically the cool kid on the block.

 

walkman

 

1983: Then the world moved on to CDs. The Discman was introduced in this year, and it was only slightly larger than a CD case. Eventually the cassette technology was phased out completely to be replaced by CD players.

 

discman

 

1999: The next breakthrough came in the late 90s when the first flash MP3 player, MPMan, was released. MP3 file formats drastically reduced the file size of songs to one-tenth of a file on CD. Thus, a lot more songs could be stored in the MP3 players.

 

mp3

 

Apple brought MP3 players to the next level with a sleek design, large capacity, and a uniquely simple navigation system. At this point, MP3 devices have become smaller and able to carry much more data.

 

iPod

Eventually, the music-playing capabilities were integrated into another new technology that just started to dominate the world: the mobile phone.

 

iPhone

What was your experience like with these music players? Share us your favourite device in the comments below!

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