The Sony Walkman revolution
1 Jul 1979
- In 1979, Sony made the first portable cassette player, even before iPod was a dream; a line which we know as the iconic Walkman series.
- The Walkman became hugely popular after a bumpy start.
- Over the years, Walkman formats have ranged from cassette to CD to mini-CD and finally to MP3, which continues to thrive, even after Sony retired the cassette line in 2010.
Sony takes another step forward with Discman
- Sony brought out the first portable CD player, the D-50. About the thickness of three CD cases, it was pushed hard by Sony.
- The Discman led to the release of more titles on CD and became the new craze. Problems like skipping came up; manufacturers solved this problem around 1993.
- Around 2009, the CD declined with the rise of MP3 and almost disappeared.
MP3 comes to town
- Despite the many almost successful forerunners, the world's first trusty MP3 player was the MPMan F10, manufactured by Saehan Information Systems in 1998.
- In 1999, Diamond Multimedia released the Rio PMP300 with better display and increased storage capacity; despite running into legal trouble, they remained popular.
- Even now, MP3 remains the most popular format, with almost every music enthusiast possessing a MP3 player.
The gift of Kane Kramer
Years before MP3 became the craze, Kramer had made the first player, storing music on a credit card sized chip. In 2008, Apple admitted to Kramer being the genius behind iPod technology.
Apple jumps onto the music bandwagon
23 Oct 2001
- In 2000, the existing MP3 players were chunky and had bad user interfaces. Steve Jobs' offering changed all of this.
- Initially downcried for its scroll wheel and its incompatibility with Windows, the massive storage and the sound quality won critics over.
- Apple went on to release the hugely popular 2nd to 5th generation iPods, occasionally coming up with versions like shuffle, mini, and nano.
Marshalling the Music
16 Jul 2015
- On the heels of fancy smartphones than can double as jukeboxes, amp-maker Marshall has announced a brand new phone for music junkies.
- It's a phone custom made for music lovers that has a pair of headphone jacks, a dedicated processor for high-resolution audio and new features like a scroll wheel for volume adjusting which should certainly attract the attention of Apple and Samsung soon.
Apple introduces the newer, snazzier iPod Touch
20 Jul 2015
- The latest iPod Touch released last week is almost as good as the iPhone 6, but cheaper and smaller, with the upgraded 64-bit A8 chip.
- It's a fashionable entry into the iOS universe, with the coolest apps and an improved camera only slightly shy of the iPhone 6 one.
- The only failing is that it lacks the functionality of a smartphone or an iPad.
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