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How technology buried the iPod

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Apple announced on Tuesday that it is discontinuing production of the iPod, a trend-setting MP3 player that has changed the way people listen to music, thanks to its capabilities that are now available throughout Apple’s product.

According to the organization, this development occurred after several groundbreaking discoveries in the technology sector.

Steve Jobs, the late Apple co-founder, introduced these devices in 2005 with his legendary flair, and a small, easy-to-manage player has helped the company revolutionize ways to sell music.

Music is part of the daily lives of people around the world. With the development of technology, listening to music has become easier than ever. Today, the iPod is struggling to stay relevant due to the growing dominance of streaming technology.

The iPod followed the phonograph, vinyl, RCA magnetic tape, Sony Walkman commercial and cassette tape. Below are the highlights of the evolution of music technology.

Gramophone 1877

This was the beginning of everything, the phonograph was invented in 1877 by Thomas Edison. This was the first method of recording and reproducing sound. For the first time, people could listen to music without leaving home, and share and sell. As the phonograph grew in popularity, several enterprising Americans came together to create what is now known as Columbia Records.

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Gramophone 1887

Emil Berliner invented the Gramophone, the first device for playing a disc with recorded music, in 1887. The gramophone made music available. It was originally made of glass, then of zinc and finally of plastic.

Vinyl 1948

In 1948, Columbia Records introduced Vinyl, an analog music storage device capable of playing for a long time, allowing you to record multiple songs on a single disc. Vinyl has remained the dominant recording format for most of the 20th century. While rock and roll, blues and country went on sale, and albums were sold out.

1958 RCA magnetic tape

Vintage cassette with magnetic tape isolated on white background

RCA introduced its Sound Tape cartridge, an audio tape format, in 1958. Sound tapes have been designed to be more comfortable than an open coil as they avoid the need to screw the tape into the machine. RCA has been able to record music on a smaller device for greater mobility and has inspired a number of innovations. The adoption of vinyl by car manufacturers has ensured the rapid growth in popularity of the tape.

1978 sony walkman commercial

Sony’s Walkman allowed listeners to take music with them anywhere. After a disappointing first month of sales, the Walkman has become one of Sony’s most successful brands of all time.

Cassette 1994

A compact cassette or Musicassette, also commonly referred to as a cassette tape, cassette tape, audio cassette, or simply tape or cassette, is an analog recording format on magnetic tape for recording and playing audio. The cassette was very popular with teenagers due to its novelty and because it was possible to record personalized music collections.

Ipod 2001

The first iPod was released in 2001 by Apple. In 7 years, 14 different versions of the iPod have been introduced. It all started with the classics. The first 3 classics ranged from 5 to 40 GB and can contain photos, music and videos. It also offers WIFI and a somewhat rigid interface.

Streaming

Today we have streaming platforms that have taken over all other means of listening to music. Live Streaming and Video on Demand (VOD) Streaming implementation in everyday life.

Live broadcasting has become one of the most popular forms of broadcasting. Leading companies such as Google, Microsoft, Nvidia, Apple, Amazon and others have been benefiting from live broadcasts for several years. Not to mention the huge impact Covid-19 has on our society, which has led to many people working and studying at home.

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