Inventions Building Up to the iPod Nano

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  • Phonautograph Patented

    Phonautograph Patented
    The phonautograph was the earliest known sound recording device, it was invented by Edouard-Leon Scott. The phonautograph originally only recorded things.
  • First Song Recorded

    First Song Recorded
    Au Clair de la Luna is the first song ever recorded. It was recorded with a phonautograph, but this phonautograph was reworked to play back sound.
  • Phonograph Patented

    Phonograph Patented
    The phonograph was created by Thomas Jefferson. It was supposedly created on August 12, 1787 but historians believe it was completed on Decemeber 6, 1787. The phonograph play back recordings.
  • The Earliest Wax Cylinders Invented

    The Earliest Wax Cylinders Invented
    In the year of 1887, Thomas Edison tried to create an improved version of his tinfoil cylinders. The brown wax cylinders provided a more durable sound recording of better quality.
  • Gramophone Patented

    Gramophone Patented
    Emile Berliner invented the gramophone in 1887. The gramophone is a machine that records sound without cylinders. It's the first machine to record with flat disks or records.
  • Jukebox Released

    Jukebox Released
    The jukebox was invented by Louis Glass. He collaborated with William S. Arnold on the invention. They came up with this music machine in 1889. Before it was called the Jukebox it was called Nickle in the Slot because if someone wanted to listen to a song, they had to insert a nickel into the slot first.
  • Radio Invented and Used

    Radio Invented and Used
    In the year 1895, the radio (aka the wireless telegraph) was invented y Gugliemo Marconi. He used radio waves to transmit Morse code with his radio. He sent and receivced his first radio signal. But the person who is credited with being the first person to patent radio technology is Nikola Tesla.
  • First Headphones Created

    First Headphones Created
    The first set of headphones were made by Nathaniel Baldwin. He made them by hand and sold them to the US Navy. The headphones were patented in September 14, 1915.
  • Modern Earbuds

    Modern Earbuds
    In May 1926, an issue of Science and Invention magazine included a brief article about the new pair of earbud headphones. These earbuds are like the modern white Apple earbuds that were debuted in 2001.
  • Steve Jobs is Born

    Steve Jobs is Born
    Steve Jobs was the creator of Apple, the company that owns and sells iPod Nanos. Steve Jobs died on October 5, 2011.
  • Compact Cassettes Invented

    Compact Cassettes Invented
    In 1962, Philips invented the Compact Cassette medium for audio storage, introducing it in Europe on 30 August 1963 (at the Berlin Radio Show) and in the United States (under the Norelco brand) in November. The mass production of Compact Cassettes began in 1964 in Hanover, Germany. Prerecorded music cassettes (aka Musicassettes; M.C. for short) were launched in Europe in late 1965. The Mercury Record Company, a U.S. affiliate of Philips, introduced M.C. to the U.S. in July 1966
  • Tony Fadell is Born

    Tony Fadell is Born
    Tony Fadell was the man who thought of the idea of a brand new MP3 Player. He came to Apple with his idea, Apple and Fadell created the iPod.
  • Apple is Founded

    Apple is Founded
    Apple is the company that manufactures iPod Nanos.
  • Audio CDs Launched

    Audio CDs Launched
    Audio CDs and audio CD players have been commercially available since October 1982. James Russell invented the compact disk in 1965.
  • Germany Patents MP3 Player

    Germany Patents MP3 Player
    Fraunhofer Institut received a German patent for the MP3 Player.
  • US Patent MP3 Player

    US Patent MP3 Player
    The US patent the MP3 Player.
  • Fraunhofer Enforces their Patent Rights

    Fraunhofer Enforces their Patent Rights
    In September 1998, Fraunhofer Institute started to enforce their patent rights. All developers of MP3 encoders or rippers and decoders/players now have to pay a licensing fee to Fraunhofer.
  • Tony Fadell Joins Apple

    Tony Fadell Joins Apple
    In Feburary of 2001 Tony Fadell joined Apple as a contractor designing the iPod and planning Apple's audio product strategy.
  • First iPod Released

    First iPod Released
    Apple releases the first generation classic iPod.
  • First iPod Nano Released

    First iPod Nano Released
    The very first iPod Nano was released on September 7, 2005.
  • iPod Nano 7 released

    iPod Nano 7 released
    The latest model of the iPod Nano was released. It has the ability to view photos, listen to podcasts, music, radio, view video, record fitness, and has bluetooth.