Walkman, iPod and Streaming – a revolution in listening to music

We don’t quite realize it on a daily basis, but portable music players have come an incredibly long way in the past few decades. The iPod, now available in languages, was part of this transformation, and at the same time it became an icon in the industry. Let’s follow what happened in the market before and after the introduction of this incredibly special device.

It started with Walkman cassettes

Cassette tapes were once a great invention, thanks to which it was possible to make home music players smaller. For many years after the advent of this data carrier, efforts have also been made to use its capabilities in portable devices to play music. This was only possible in 1979 by Sony, which introduced a device called the Walkman to the market.

This product sold much better than the Japanese electronics manufacturer expected. Your two-finger Walkman reproduces the content of cassette tapes no matter where the user is at the moment. The following devices in this series brought a lot of improvements, as Sony brought in huge profits and became one of the first icons of portable music players.

The first Sony Walkman TPS-L2 (Photo: Binarysequence, under CC BY-SA 4.0 license, Wikimedia Commons)

Soon after the appearance of the first Walkmans, the first CDs appeared on the market, and Sony, not wanting to miss such an opportunity, released another hit on the market. The player, known to the world as Discman, although his name was changed after many years Walkman CD (Perhaps an attempt to keep a moribund brand alive?), also etched in the memory of many music lovers.

Walkmany and Discmany have revolutionized the way people listen to music outside the home. Thanks to them, it was possible to separate from the most popular turntables of that time. Unfortunately, neither cassette tapes, nor SidkyIt does not allow you to easily carry your entire music library at home or play it on radio stations. And then it appeared…

iPod hit the market hard

Being 20, it’s not easy for me to look back 21 years ago. However, watching the recording of the conference during which Steve Jobs presented the world’s first iPod, I can understand that this device revolutionized the market at that time. Well, the presentation itself is very different from the ones we know today, but if I had been present in that room, Jobs would have easily sold me his new product within a few minutes.

The iPod introduced in 2001 used the advantages of the first MP3 players, at the same time offering slightly better quality and, of course, the “emejzing” of Apple. It was slightly smaller than most of its competitors, noticeably lighter, and at the same time offered up to 5 GB of memory on a mini hard drive. Jobs seemed unable to contain his joy.

Only five gigabytes? – You can say. Currently, these dimensions can be achieved through the Facebook app on a smartphone, but in those days that meant you could hide about 1,000 songs in your pants pocket.

The iPod was a huge success for Apple. Such a success that it significantly improved the position of the manufacturer in the market. No wonder the company releases new versions of this iconic device every year, and is constantly improving its functionality. In the following years, the company diversified its portfolio, releasing new versions of the iPod – Mini, Shuffle and Nano. They were selling like hot cakes, making a huge chunk of the company’s profits in their time.

iPod Shuffle 4th generation, released in 2010

Meanwhile, Apple decided to introduce a new service – the iTunes Store. Beginning in 2003, iPod owners can purchase digital copies So far pirated Music heard on the radio. Attractive prices (not in Poland, of course) encouraged hundreds of thousands of people to buy legal music for iPods, while supporting their favorite artists.

The competition was awakening while Apple was leading the way in the music player market. Unfortunately, players with the “Made in China” logo haven’t been able to take off their iPod for years.

Of course, the iPod was also fought over by larger companies, including Samsung, which has been producing devices from the YEPP line for many years, Sony and later versions of the Walkman, or Microsoft’s Zune. The name “mp3 player”, colloquially “mp3 player”, was not enough for some of these products. I’m especially thinking about the Zune, which not only allowed you to listen to music, but also watch photos and videos, listen to the radio and even play games.

These types of devices have grown over time. Every manufacturer wanted to make the perfect product MP3 playerThat made more than the iPod. This led to a situation where it was difficult to find two people among their friends with the same mp3 player – each with equipment with different functions or designs. It cannot be denied that it has its own charm.

Every MP3 purchased is popular for listening to music stored on hard drives and memory cards. So it can be said that both Apple and other fairly well-known producers, together, contributed to the abandonment of listening to music from recordings and tapes.

2007 and a downward slope

If someone asked me about the success of 2007, my heart would tell me “umbrella” by Rihanna or “girlfriend” Avril Lavigne, and my mind would scream “iPhone” and “iPod Touch.” And while it’s hard to replace said songs out of my head, Apple devices definitely deserve to be called real hits.

The first iPhone was unveiled in June 2007, integrating the phone, iPod, and web browser. The built-in media player with the first version of the iPhone OS was named after the legendary iPod, and Apple was preparing to show another unique first.

Steve Jobs holds the first iPhone. The orange icon on the dock is a media player app called iPod

Just a few weeks later, the first iPod with Wi-Fi connectivity, and thus wireless access to the iTunes Store and YouTube service, appeared on the market. This device made it easier for music lovers to access an unlimited library of songs and was another unique product in the Apple lineup.

Unfortunately, with the spread of smartphones, the iPod began to lose its relevance. The popular iPod app for iPhones (and also iPads in the following years) was replaced after a few years a musicianAnd users often do not see the point of carrying an iPod and a phone (or smartphone) with them, since the latter completely fulfilled the tasks of the former.

The 2010s were undoubtedly the beginning of the end of the iPod, but it has long remained in users’ minds and…in Apple’s show. The nail in the coffin for “traditional” iPods (like Classic, Nano and Shuffle) was the debut of streaming services, which slowly dominated the market, distracting people from Piracinia buy music. The Classic model disappeared from the manufacturer’s show in 2014, and the Nano and Shuffle disappeared three years later.

New iPod Touch
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In the meantime, the iPod Touch was still fresh, but the frequency of its release decreased significantly. The last significant changes took place in the sixth generation as of 2015, and the seventh version of the machine brought only the “new” (then three years old) processor. It was known at the time that Apple kept this product on display only out of nostalgia. Thanks to smartphones and streaming services, it has become an unnecessary accessory for anyone with a very interesting story, as the manufacturer himself admits.

Perhaps the end of this story is well known to most of you. Last week, Apple officially announced that the iPod Touch had ended production and had been restored after it was out of stock.

I will miss my iPod. So a lot. But I am surprised that Apple has kept this product alive for so many years.

We live in the era of broadcasting

The future of music now lies in the hands of smartphones and streaming services. So far, they will not be overthrown. Devices with the apple bite logo tried to reconcile the broadcast world and players, which was to be symbolized by the sixth touch. Contact. Link iPod. This device hit the market two weeks after Apple Music was introduced to the world and is preloaded with iOS 8.4 with access to streaming service.

I myself became the owner of this device shortly after its first presentation. At the time, MP3 players pushed out of memory forever, I kept some of my favorite songs in the LG G2 mini’s memory, and my Spotify playlist contained just over 100 songs.

Spotify app
(Photo: Tabletowo.pl)

I tried a little bit of everything – Apple Music didn’t shock me at all, because the iPod was my only device in this ecosystem. who – which Spotify I stayed until today. Despite the many comments regarding the work of this service – including the promised lack of quality and a very poor desktop app – I can’t change my habits.

I may be tempted to change service provider. Tidal and Apple Music offer all or almost all of the songs from my library, and the new app is just a matter of a change of habit. However, going back to downloading music to the phone memory is unimaginable to me. Streaming services have consumed me – and not just me – forever.

However, we don’t know what awaits us around the corner – perhaps we will soon witness another musical revolution erase the board Even inventions from Sony and Apple.

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