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How the mobile phone ended the walkman

September 27, 2021 12:16 pm

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Personal music players began with the Sony walkman. The clever engineers at the Japanese technological giant had managed to reduce the size of a standard cassette player down to something that could fit in the coat pocket, in 1979. It meant that with the addition of headphones music could become even more intimate, personal and be taken anywhere. As long as you had a radio signal you could hear the channels you liked or take that mixtape out with you.

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Its magnetic analogue compact cassette was a truly revolutionary advance in music replay technology. The Vinyl Record had dominated for decades and some considered, even to this day, that the sound quality was better on a record, despite all evidence to the contrary. What the cassette did was provide the opportunity for you to take your music wherever you wanted and the Walkman was the way to do it.

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This was certainly the inspiration when the technology for the mobile phone allowed for the storage of digital sound from a CD or download. Now there was an even smaller device, so the tape player and CD personal player became obsolete. It was further ended with the introduction of streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, itself set up to support the equally doomed iPod. If you think that you need a phone that can play some decent music then go to a Vodafone Store Near Me via kingcommunications.ie/vodafone-stores-near-me/ and take a look at what’s out there.

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