Don’t we all take portable music for granted these days? Like everything else, music has evolved over time, and right now, the industry has had to adapt to emerging technology constantly. Before we deep dive into our topic, here are some questions to give your brain some exercise: When did people start listening to music? How did people listen to music before the Walkman?
The answers to these questions bring us back to how people listened to music centuries ago. The story begins with Thomas Edison. In 1877, he successfully invented the phonograph, a device that could record music and play it back. Though the sound quality was awful, technology continued to develop, and it improved!
Here’s his “Mary Had A Little Lamb” recording, for you curious people: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnGsHx7QD2o
Another groundbreaking invention was the Graphophone by Alexander Graham Bell, which resulted in higher quality sound production.
The first modern loudspeaker came to life in 1921 by C.W. Rice of General Electric and Kellogg of AT&T. Today, they are commonly found in home entertainment systems, phones, vehicles, and much more. We know that they are compact and more efficient today but have you ever wondered what the first of its kind look like? Watch the first prototype of loudspeaker here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clDMecWZALQ
Do you know that headphones started with phone operators? Later, the ones that resembled modern pairs were worn by the Navy. Transitioning into more recent times, MP3 players were born. (Who remembers those thick, clunky devices? I got my Samsung YP-MT6 MP3 player as a gift, and it looks like this!)
Ah, the good old days!
By the early 2000s, headphones gained mass popularity. It still appeals to everyone today as all audio brands have been focusing on in-ear headphones. It has become a fashion statement that could be worn proudly in public, just like Life Q35!
The trend towards smaller and more portable headphones eventually led to earbuds. These periscope-like headphones have defined the whole true wireless concept you see these days. Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro is one such example.
It comes with the Astria Coaxial Acoustic Architecture, explicitly designed for Liberty 2 Pro. The ACAA eliminates interference while creating harmonized treble and bass to get the most expansive sound. To those of you that own a pair, streaming music with these buds gives your ears the rockstar treatment, don’t they?
This is where we stand at the time. We’ve seen how early inventions have transitioned into the way we listen to music today. It will be fascinating to see the way it further evolves. Any ideas on how will we be listening to music in 10 or even 20 years? I’m also curious to know your first tech gadget as a music lover back in the days.
Let me know!