As a longtime collector of
transistor radios, I thought it would be fun to expand into the other
music” devices of our age. After the transistor radio, the
next major personal music device was the Sony
Walkman from Japan, as you see above, which appeared in 1979.
Below are digital MP3
players, which first appeared in 1998. Upper left is the Diamond Rio PMP300
(1998). Below that the Rave
from Sensory Science (1999). Next is the blue i2Go “eGo,” from
2000. Top middle is the Intel
(yes Intel) Pocket Concert from 2000 and below
that the tiny I-Jam IJ-100
(1999). The Clik! from Sensory
Science was made in 2000. The Sony
Clip MC-P10 from 2000 took a different approach, styling-wise.
right is a fourth generation Apple
iPod MP 102 (2004).
Apple’s first iPod
was issued in 2001. Though they weren’t first, Apple did it best and
came to dominate the field.
The portable CD player was a while getting off the
ground. Early ones (1988) like this Citizen
and dangerous-looking but
impressively-small Sony Discman
didn’t even have on-board batteries and
had to be plugged into a power supply.