Evolution Of Transportable Music – From Walkman To iPod


We now all take listening to music and watching video on the move for granted, but you only have to go back to the begin of the 1980s to learn exactly where it all started.

Three decades ago the Sony Walkman was unleashed on the UK market and started a revolution. For the first time it was straightforward to listen to pre-recorded music on the move, even if it meant that you had to carry a quantity of cassettes with you, or a lot more probably, listen to the identical tape more than and more than. Extremely bulky by today’s standards but regarded compact when launched, the Walkman set the standard that others followed. Any person who can bear in mind carrying around such an original portable cassette Walkman will be much more than a small bemused at the capability of today’s transportable devices and also their incredibly compact and battery-efficient design.

Nevertheless, by 1984 the previously enormously bulky player had shrunk, to tiny over the size of the cassette it was playing, and batteries also lasted a lot longer. A CD-primarily based version of the cassette player, identified as a Discman was launched the exact same year. Some years later a minidisc version followed, but all those devices relied on playing some format of pre-recorded medium, rather than being able to store music digitally in the device.

It was the breakthrough to USB devices at the begin of the 21st century that paved the way for today’s plethora of digital transportable music devices. In tiny more than a decade they have progressed to the point exactly where they are now capable of storing much more than 100 hours worth of music, equivalent to 250 albums. For example, an Apple 8GB iPod nano is capable of holding two,000 songs or eight hours of video, or a combination of each.

MP3 players and iPods can operate for around 24 hours of strong audio with out requiring recharging or, if you prefer, five hours of video playback. Weighing small more than one particular and a half ounces these devices are now actually portable, to the point where they are smaller than the cassettes that slotted into the original transportable music device – the Walkman.

Certainly, functionality has now progressed to the point exactly where music and video players are now incorporated within smartphones, such as the iPod embedded on the iphone 3GS. This implies that less devices need to have to be carried as the smartphone now performs all the functions of a music and video player, camera and web browser functionality which could only be dreamed of in the 1980s!