After 20 years, Apple has announced that it will stop making their iPod, the company’s most popular music device around the world. Made in the early 2000s, the iPod is the premium accessory of choice for music lovers. Millennials can easily recognize the colorful and vibrant TV commercials announcing the first iPod.
Apple’s decision to discontinue the iPod isn’t surprising, though. If anything, it reminds us once again that technology is constantly evolving, and we need to constantly keep up with its advances. In the past, gadgets like Walkmans, Gameboys, and Tamagotchis dominated our entertainment needs. Depending on the technology you use or are accustomed to, one can easily predict your age. This fun tech age quiz can reveal your technological age and whether it is compatible with your biological age.
Do you want to be yourself as one who knows all the gadgets from the past? Let’s take a look at some of the most influential inventions in the past and how they have influenced and shaped the world of technology as we know it today.
1. Walkmans and Discmans
Love Spotify, Apple Music, or Tidal? Then you have to thank Sony for their invention of Walkmans and Discmans. These small devices have undoubtedly inspired the rise of MP3 players, iPods, and other portable music players, which is changing our enjoyment of music today.
The Walkman and Discman were invented in the early 80s, allowing people to play cassette tapes and Compact Discs (CDs). When they first came out, the two gadgets changed how people listened to music. The release of Discman also contributed to higher sales of CDs. The CD industry continues to experience a sudden increase in the number of titles available, with many artists wanting to make CDs to meet the demands of consumers.
Nowadays, many of us turn to music streaming services to listen to music, podcasts, and more. Other streaming services, such as Tidal, place great importance on sound quality and try to mimic the sound quality produced on CDs and vinyl records. While streaming services dominate the market today, these innovations would not have existed if Walkmans and Discmans had not existed.
Tamagotchis are handheld digital devices that allow users to store virtual pets. These small gadgets (under the size of a palm) were one of the most popular and in-demand toys in the late 90s and early 2000s. According to Bandai, the company that makes these egg -shaped toys, more than 83 million units of Tamagotchis have been sold worldwide.
Anyone who has ever owned a Tamagotchi in the past can attest to how difficult it is to keep a pet. However, they are extremely popular, and teenagers always take them with them wherever they go, including to school.
Even if they aren’t as readily available in stores as they used to be, Tamagotchis are still available for purchase at Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy. Tamagotchi, without a doubt, have a share in the popularity of simulation and augmented reality gaming genre. Many of the games we love today, like Animal Crossing, Pokémon, and Neko Atsume, are reminiscent of Tamagotchis and use the whole concept of taking care of something.
3. Floppy Disks
Floppy disks are the storage device of choice for teenagers who have sought to provide school assignments in the past. Nowadays, they have moved to cloud computing and submitted everything through platforms like Google Drive and Microsoft’s OneDrive.
Made of thin and flexible magnetic storage component and squarish plastic enclosure, floppy disks are usually colorful and about the size of your palm. The first floppy disk was created by IBM and had a diameter of about eight inches. Subsequently, these storage devices were reduced in size.
While they are easy to use, floppy disks do not have impressive storage capacity. Typically, they have about 1.44 MB of storage space. They are also very fragile and easily damaged.
4. Game Boy
When this 8-bit handheld game console from Nintendo was released, it shook the gaming industry. Released in the late 80’s in Japan, the Game Boy provides a hassle -free gaming experience with just five game control buttons, an adjustable speaker, and a contrast dial.
Game Boy was sold as a standalone product or combined with games like Super Mario and Tetris during its launch. Like other handheld gaming devices of its time, gamers had to buy different cartridges for the games they wanted.
Needless to say, Game Boy is paving the way for portable gaming. Nintendo continues to make things like the DS, 3DS, and Switch, all of which were fans ’favorites to play when it was released. During the pandemic, Nintendo saw Switch console sales skyrocket as more people stayed home, reinforcing the belief that portable gaming is here to stay.
A staple of family vacations and festive holidays in the past, camcorders are repetitive. Influencers like Kylie Jenner, Emma Chamberlain, and Maddie Dragsbaek, are already starting to use camcorders again to record content for a variety of social media platforms, albeit a different generation.
Sony was responsible for releasing the very first camcorder in the early 80s for professional use. Soon, brands like JVC jumped into fashion and made handheld camcorders available to the level of consumers.
While these devices have been removed, our liking for camcorders and the kind of impact they lend to our footage has never faded. Nowadays, many smartphone photos and video apps have filters that mimic the effect created by vintage camcorders and 35mm cameras, and it’s popular on social media.
Like Apple’s iPod, most of the devices we’ve shared above have stopped production. However, they all bring immeasurable value into our lives and inspire many gadgets that have further enhanced our lives. With that in mind, it’s clear that technology will continue to evolve, and it’s important that we keep up with its advances if we want to stay relevant.
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