Portable Audio Device

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    Portable Audio Devices

  • Phonautograph

    The 1st device capable of recording sound signals was Léon Scott de Martinville’s invention called the Phonautograph His device could not, however, reproduce sound signals.
  • Phonograph

    Thomas Alva Edison created the cylinder Phonograph which pioneered the recording and playback of human voice.
  • Clement Ader

    Clement Ader, using carbon microphones and armature headphones, accidentally produces a stereo effect when listeners outside the hall monitor adjacent telephone lines linked to stage mikes at the Paris Opera.
  • Gramophone

    German inventor Emile Berliner's Gramophone displaced the phonograph by utilizing the then mass produced flat discs such as LP records. This marked the start of a boom in the music industry and is where the Grammy Music Awards originated.
  • Guglielmo Marconi

    Guglielmo Marconi made radio history when at the age of 20 he invented his spark transmitter with antenna at his home in Bologna, Italy.
  • Wire Recording

    Wire Recording
    Wire recording Danish inventor Valdemar Poulsen explores further the principle of magnetic recording. The machine he developed was called the Telegraphone, and is described as a device to record telephone messages in the absence of the called party... in effect, the world's first answering machine.
  • Zenith Radio Corporation

    Zenith Radio Corporation founded.
  • Zenith Radio

    Zenith develops the first portable radio.
  • Electric Record Players

    Electric Record Players
    New technology gave rise to electric record player, which dominated the industry, as it no longer relied on a manual hand crank.
  • Electric record players

    New technology gave rise to electric record players which dominated the industry as it no longer relied on a manual hand crank.
  • SoundScriber

    SoundScriber was a dictation format introduced in 1945 by The SoundScriber Corp. (New Haven). It recorded sound by "pressing" grooves into soft vinyl discs.
  • Gray Audograph

    Audograph recorded on thin vinyl discs, recording from the inside to the outside, the opposite of conventional gramophone records. The disc was driven by a surface-mounted wheel. This meant that its recording & playback speed decreased toward the edge of the disc.
  • Dictabelt

    Dictabelt was a form of recording medium introduced by the American Dictaphone company in 1947. It was inscribed with a spiral groove by the needle, which itself made a slow lateral movement across the belt.
  • Regency TR-1

    Regency TR-1
    Regency TR-1 The World's first commercially produced transistor radio
  • Masaru Ibuka

    Masaru Ibuka, co-founder of the Japanese firm Sony, was visiting the USA when Bell Labs announced the availability of manufacturing licenses, including detailed instructions on on how to manufacture junction transistors. Ibuka obtained special permission from the Japanese Ministry of Finance to pay the $50,000 license fee, and the company introduced their own "pocket" radio under the brand name Sony.
  • Raytheon 8-TP-1

    Raytheon 8-TP-1
    Raytheon 8-TP-1 In February the second transistor radio was introduced by Raytheon. It was a larger portable transistor radio, including an expansive four-inch speaker and four additional transistors.
  • TR-55

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TR-55 Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo (now called Sony), launched its first product of its kind with five transistors, which had as its main selling point, the portability.
  • Fisher Radio

    Fisher Radio Corporation introduced a milestone device which was described in the owners manual as "the first of its kind in the high fidelity field". It was a small single channel (monophonic) three transistor audio preamplifier.
  • Portable Television

    Sony Corporation sells the first direct-view portable television.
  • 8-Track Tapes

    8-Track Tapes
    8-Track Tapes were the first attempts to bring music out of households onto the streets via automobiles. They are also known as the 'car audio'.
  • Stereobelt

    Stereobelt was the first portable personal stereo audio cassette player.
  • Boombox

    Boomboxes were introduced commercially by various companies in the late 1970s, when stereo capabilities were added to existing designs of the radio-cassette recorder
  • Sony Walkman "Soundabout"

    Sony Walkman "Soundabout"
    Sony ushered in an era, which completely altered the music industry when they popularized the Walkman 'Soundabout' - a portable audio cassette player capable of Hi-Fi stereo sound.
  • Walkman

    The Walkman is a Sony brand tradename originally used for portable audiocassette. Between 1979-1999, Sony would celebrate by coming out with an anniversary casse every five years since the Walkman
  • CD Players

    With the introduction of the CD, the '80s become the most explosive boom period in recorded audio history, as consumers replace their vinyl collections. Within three years of the CD's arrival in the marketplace, the electronics industry sells one million CD players.
  • Discman

    Again introduced by Sony together with Philips, glossy and shiny CD players, also known as the discman, eventually replaced cassette players by the end of the 1980s with their superiority in sound quality and ability to skip tracks.
  • D-50

    The Discman was the product name given to Sony's first portable CD player, the D-50, which was the first on the market in 1984
  • IXI

    In 1981 Kramer filed for a UK patent for his newly conceived Digital Audio Player, the IXI. UK patent 2115996 was issued in 1985, and U.S. Patent 4,667,088 was issued in 1987. The player was the size of a credit card with a small LCD screen and navigation and volume buttons and would have held data on an 8 MB bubble memory chip with a capacity of 3.5 minutes worth of audio.
  • Sony introduces the Pocket Discman.

    Magneto-optical discs launched
  • MiniDisc

    MiniDisc was announced by Sony September 1992 as a magnetic-optical disc-based data storage device initially intended for storage of up to 74 minutes and, later, 80 minutes, of digitized-audio. With minidiscs, music players finally became more light, compact and pocket-sized.
  • Rewritable CD

    Rewritable CD
    Rewritable CDs were introduced which allowed for mixed CDs, boosting the popularity of Discmans.
  • Audible.com Mobile Player

    The first production-volume portable digital audio player was The <a href='http://www.epinions.com/cmhd-PDAs-All (also known as MobilePlayer, or Digital Words To Go) from Audible.com available for sale in late 1997 or January 1998, for USD $200. It only supported playback of digital audio in Audible's proprietary, low-bitrate format which was developed for spoken word recordings. Capacity was limited to 4 MB of internal flash memory, or about 2 hours of play, using a custom rechargeable battery
  • Winamp

    In 1998 Winamp was created--the first mp3 software for Windows. Also that year Eiger Labs released the first physical MP3 player, MPMan F10. The portable device was expensive at $250 with only 32MB of memory
  • MPMan

    The Saehan Information Systems MPMan, which debuted in Asia in March 1998, was the first mass-produced portable solid-state digital audio player. The dawn of the MPMan was the first flash mp3 player to be released by a Korean company, which allowed high quality digital music recording that could be transferred from computers to portable layers.
  • Rio PMP3000

    Rio PMP3000
    The <a href='http://www.audiostream.com/content/vintage-computer-audio-rio-pmp300' > was a portable consumer MP3 digital audio player (portable digital audio player), and was produced by Diamond Multimedia. Roughly the dimensions of a deck of cards (3.5 inches by 2.5 inches and 0.625 inches thick), the Rio was black and had an LCD screen and a circular pad with control buttons. It had controls for skipping tracks forwards or backwards, repeat, random play and for four preset equalizer settings.
  • Compaq

    Compaq introduced the first hard-drive based mp3 player, which deviated from the flash drive norm.
  • Storage Size

    In 1999 portable MP3 players began to increase Storage Size with the Sensory Science RaveMP 2100. It could hold up to 96MB of memory. The HanGo PJB-100 was first to shift to hard drive instead of flash memory for storage. With a 4.86GB hard drive it could store 100 CDs. The following year the Creative Nomad Jukebox featured a 6GB hard drive.
  • SubPop

    A record company called SubPop is the first to distribute music tracks in the MP3 format.
  • Versacorder

    The Versacorder is used primarily for recording of both talk shows as well as lectures. It has a built in microphone, though it is recommended that a better mic (preferably a wireless mic) be used for recording distant voices. It supports timer recording, voice activation, mic in, line in/out as well as headphone jack.
  • I2Go eGo

    I2Go eGo is released, with 2GB of storage using micro-drive technology. Its size is comparable with smaller flash-based MP3 players, but the price is prohibitively high and the company folds.
  • iAUDIO

    South Korean software company Cowon Systems released their first MP3 player, the CW100, under the brand name iAUDIO. Ironically, Cowon would later be accused for 'stealing' the 'i-prefix' from Apple, despite the iAUDIO brand being launched one year prior to the first iPod model and aimed exclusively at the Korean market.
  • NOMAD Jukebox

    NOMAD Jukebox
    Creative released the 6GB hard drive based Creative NOMAD Jukebox. The name borrowed the jukebox metaphor popularized by Remote Solution, also used by Archos. Later players in the Creative NOMAD range used microdrives rather than laptop drives.
  • iPod Classic

    iPod Classic
    Apple joined the market with the iPod Classic comprising of 5/10GB of space and a mechanical scroll wheel.
  • mp4 Player

    The French company, Archos developed the first mp4 player. They are mostly produced in China. They can display videos, text files, images, and play music.
  • Archos Jukebox 6000

    Archos Jukebox 6000
    The Archos Jukebox 6000 was one of Archos' very first players. Containing a 6 GB 2.5" hard drive, this was one of the first of its kind. This player is only MP3 compatible, and was bundled with Musicmatch Jukebox to allow users to rip their music collection onto the jukebox. Users could also copy files straight onto the device without any additional software, which allows the <a href='http://www.vanshardware.com/reviews/2001/july/010709_Jukebox/010709_Arcos_Juke to work on any operating system.
  • iPod Mini

    iPod Mini
    The iPod Mini was relesed and holds only 4gb Their have been Many generations and was discontinued in September 7, 2005
  • PSP

    The PSP is Sony Playstation's first portable game console system. You can play high tech games, listen to music, play videos, and browse the internet, and so much more.
  • iPod Shuffle

    iPod Shuffle
    the first-generation iPod Shuffle weighed 0.78 ounces (22 g) and was designed to be easily loaded with a selection of songs and to play them in random order. According to Apple, owners of existing iPods had often left the music selection to "shuffle", and the new iPod Shuffle was a way of implementing that in a much more cost-effective fashion.
  • iPod Nano

    iPod Nano
    Apple introduced the iPod Nano at a media event with Steve Jobs pointing to the small watch pocket in his jeans and asking, "Ever wonder what this pocket is for?" Advertising emphasized the iPod Nano's small size: 40 millimetres (1.6 in) wide, 90 millimetres (3.5 in) long, 6.9 millimetres (0.27 in) thick and weighing 42 grams (1.5 oz).
  • Zune

    Zune was the brand of digital media store developed by Microsoft which included a line of portable media players that are now discontinued, digital media player software for Windows machines, a music subscription service known as a 'Zune Music Pass', music and video streaming services for the Xbox 360 game console via the Zune Software, music, TV and movie
  • Portable music players can cause hearing problems

    BEIJING, March 8 -- Health experts in Shanghai and
    Guangzhou, one of the largest south China city, warn that more young people are facing the risk of hearing loss due to excessive use of MP3s and Walkmans.
  • Tivoli Audio iSongBook Portable Music System for iPod

    [iSongBook](<a href='http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=C-gjBV65cdM)' >iSongBook</a>Take your iPod out and show it a good time. The definitive portable iPod player, the iSongBook Portable Music System for iPod includes innovations found nowhere else. "The flip-down iPod dock on the side of the iSongBook just may be the hottest thing ever seen in an iPod accessory. It fits all dock-connector iPods, even the new Nano, and you can always switch to AM or FM when you want to go live." (Sound and Vision) The iSongBook system features a detachable speaker for true stereo
  • Video Playerbacks

    iPod Video, Zen Vision, iRiver and several other brands of players successfully introduce video playbacks on their players which Archos failed to realise earlier.
  • Xtrememac Luna and Xtrememac Tango

    XtrememacLuna puts a new spin on traditional alarm clocks by letting you customize your sleeping and waking experience. Plus, it delivers outstanding audio throughout the day from two precision speakers and a two-channel amplifier. Then there's Tango, a 2.1 Digital Audio Speaker System for iPod that delivers big sound from a compact, elegant package. It packs a room with high-quality audio from five speakers: two mid-range, two tweeters and a downward-firing subwoofer.
  • Sync My Ride

    Sync My RideDeveloped with Microsoft, Ford Sync offers a new level of communications and entertainment convenience. Sync lets users control and personalize their electronic devices in their vehicle. This technology will be available in twelve 2008 model year Ford, Lincoln and Mercury beginning Fall 2007, including Focus, Fusion, Edge, and Explorer. Incorporating Bluetooth wireless connection technology as its foundation, Sync can connect cellular phones to the vehicle.
  • GoGear Portable Video and Audio players from Philips

    GoGear puts music, video and pictures at a fingertip Audio and video files are just a fingertip away with Philips’ GoGear line of portable entertainment players. Consumers can enjoy their favorite video clips, songs and images from a sleek, sophisticated and simple-to-use
  • iPod Touch

    iPod Touch
    The iPod Touchis a portable media player, personal digital assistant, handheld game console, and Wi-Fi mobile device designed and marketed by Apple Inc. The iPod Touch adds the multi-touch graphical user interface to the iPod line. It is the first iPod with wireless access to the iTunes Store, and also has access to Apple's App Store, enabling content to be purchased and downloaded directly on the device. As of March 2011, Apple has sold over 60 million iPod Touch units.
  • Archos 504 80GB Portable Digital Media Player and Recorder

    The The Archos 504 80GB Portable Digital media Player& Recorder is your complete home entertainment center. Imagine being able to take all your photo albums, music and movies with you when you travel and have them fit in the palm of your hand.
  • Philips Portable DVD player with iPod Dock

    Phillips Portable DVD player includes built-in iPod dock with video playback; 8.5-inch screen; DivX, MPEG4, JPEG, MP3 playback compatibility; SD flash card reader; good remote control; easy-to-use interface for digital media.
  • Slacker Portable Internet Radio

    The Slacker Portable Internet Radio is an MP3 player with free ad-supported or paid music service is a brilliant concept, but buggy hardware marred the experience. Watch this video to learn out more about the device and about senior editor Tim Moynihan's surprising taste in music.
  • AMD Demonstrates Tomorrow's Mobile Phone Technology

    At the 2008 Mobile World Congress, AMD demonstrated new graphics and multimedia technologies for mobile phones, portable music players and other handheld devices. New technologies such as 3D graphics, mobile TV and video streaming are designed to bring The Ultimate Visual Experience™ to future mobile phones.
  • Sansa Fuze

    Sansa Fuze
    The Sansa Fuze, released on March 28, 2008 in capacities of 2, 4 and 8 GB, is a portable media player with a 1.9-inch color display and a thickness of 0.3 inches. It also features a 40-preset FM radio with FM recording, a voice recorder, and has a 24-hour battery life on continuous audio playback.
  • The Samsung YP-P3 Portable Media Player

    The Samsung YP-P3 Portable Media Player is both a fashion statement and a very high quality portable media player. Since there are so many different media players available that offer users different experiences. Is a portable media player that offers a radio, Bluetooth, voice recording, & touch interface.
  • merlin pocket theatre portable

    The Merlin32GB MP5 Pocket Theatre HI DEF - Ultra Slim and Light. Only 15mm thick and weighs less than 200g! The Merlin Pocket Theatre 7'' is the latest MP5 player which supports Hi Definition 720P video playback. It comes with a crisp 7.0 inch LTPS wide screen displaying 16.7 million colors. Compatible with MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC music formats; RM, RMVB, FLV, AVI video formats; Play all digital video formats directly - without any conversion.
  • Bye Bye Walkman

    Sony Announces It Will Discontinue the Walkman; The iconic music player of the all-about-me '80s, the Walkman, gets a death sentence after being eclipsed by CDs and MP3s. (The last Walkman will come off the assembly line in April 2011.) To many, the big surprise is that Sony was still making them at all.
  • Smart Phone

    Smart Phone
    Smart Phones, such as the iPhone, are replacing iPods as digital music players
  • Sanyo Portable Record player Music Station

    This is the Vintage Sanyo Portable Music station G 2615 H with Record Player,Tape Recorder and Tuner functionality.
  • Smallest Portable Pocket Projector

    Smallest Portable Pocket Projector
    The new Optoma Pico <a href='http://www.flatscreenhdtvs.info/optoma-pico-portable-pocket-projector-with-2/' >Pocket Projector</a uses technology from Texas Instruments, and measures in at a miniscule 51 x 105 x 17mm with a weight of just 110 grams making it perfect for projecting on the move. The clever device uses a white LED light, and allows an image ratio of 1000:1 allowing an image of around 60 inches or 480 x 320 pixels to be projected from the worlds favourite portable video/music players