Photo essay – the evolution of portable music players in the pre-MP3 era.
1920s, the early superhet portable radio receiver
1930s, the portable gramophone was invented. it was a revelation and allowed people to take their tunes with them on outings and holidays for the first time.
1940, travelling radio got smaller and came with headphone for a more personal experience.
1950s, transistor radio was invented. Music player become truly portable.
1960s -1970s, 8-track tape, the early cassettes player.
Mid 1970s, portable cassette player became more personal.
1980s, Ghetto blaster, size does matter on the streets. “My radio, believe me, I like it loud I’m the man with a box that can rock the crowd” – LL Cool J
1980s, Sony Walkman was born and the difference is perfectly clear.
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