Apple announced on Tuesday that it will stop making the iPod, the trend-setting MP3 player that changes how people get music, behind its capabilities that are now available throughout Apple’s product.
According to the organization, this advancement comes after several groundbreaking discoveries in the technology sector.
Steve Jobs, Apple’s later co-founder, introduced the devices in 2005, with his legendary display talent, and the small, easy-to-operate player helped the company change how music was sold. .
Music is a part of everyday life for people all over the world. With the advancement of technology, listening to music has become easier than ever. Today, the iPod is struggling to stay relevant due to the increasing dominance of streaming technology.
The iPod comes on the heels of Phonograph, Vinyl, RCA magnetic Tape, Sony walkman commercial, and cassette tape. Below is a highlight of the evolution of music technologies.
The Phonograph 1877
This was the beginning of it all, the phonograph was invented in 1877 by Thomas Edison. This is the first way to record and play sound. For the first time people can listen to music from the comfort of their homes, and also share and sell. As the phonograph’s popularity grew, a few enthusiastic Americans came together to form what is now known as Columbia Records.
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The Gramophone 1887
Emile Berliner invented the Gramophone, the first device to play a disk of recorded music, in 1887. The gramophone made music accessible. It was originally made of glass, then zinc and finally plastic.
The Vinyl 1948
In 1948, Columbia Records introduced Vinyl, an analog music storage device capable of long playbacks, allowing multiple songs on a single record. Vinyl remained the dominant recording format for much of the 20th century. As rock and roll, blues and country began to boost sales and albums sold out.
RCA Magnetic Tape 1958
RCA introduced its Sound Tape cartridge, a magnetic tape audio format, in 1958. Sound Tapes were designed to be easier than the open reel because they avoided the need to thread tape into the machine. RCA is able to record music on a smaller device for greater portability and inspires a series of innovations. The adoption of vinyl by auto manufacturers ensures a rapid increase in the popularity of tape.
Sony walkman commercial 1978
The Sony walkman allows listeners to carry music anywhere. After a disappointing first month of sales, the Walkman has become one of Sony’s most successful brands of all time.
The cassette tape 1994
Compact Cassette or Musicassette, commonly referred to as tape cassette, cassette tape, audio cassette, or simple tape or cassette, is an analog magnetic tape recording format for audio recording and playback. Cassette tape is very popular with teenagers because of its innovation and the fact that it can be used to record personal music collections.
The first Ipod was released in 2001 by Apple. Over 7 years, 14 different versions of the ipod have been introduced. It all started with the classic. The first 3 classics contain between 5 and 40GB and can hold photos, music and videos. It also offers WIFI and Multi tough interface.
Now, we have streaming platforms that have replaced all other ways of listening to music. Live and video on demand (VOD) Streaming is already ingrained in everyday life.
Live streaming has become one of the most popular forms of broadcasting. Leading companies like Google, Microsoft, Nvidia, Apple, Amazon, and others have benefited from live streaming for many years now. Not to mention the huge impact of Covid 19 on our society, which has led to many people working and studying from home.