The Evolution of Music Players

  • The phonograph is invented

    The phonograph is invented
    In 1877, Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and the first song broadcasted was "Mary Had A Little Lamb".
  • First Flat Disc

    First Flat Disc
    Four years after the invention of the Phonograph, Charles Tainter invented the first flat disc record, although it wasn't as popular as the phonograph.
  • Electric Record Player

    Electric Record Player
    The Electric Record Player, which was a more developed Phonograph, was invented. With this, the dysc system became more popular and cheaper.
  • Tape Recorder

    Tape Recorder
    In 1920, Dr. Fritz Pfleumer invented tape recording in Germany, however this type of technology was not available in The United States
  • LP (Long-Playing Record)

    LP (Long-Playing Record)
    Columbia Records introduced the Long-Playing Record (Vynil) which revolutionized the music industry and the way music was heard.
  • Transistor Radio

    Transistor Radio
    The first Portable Transistor was created, which similar to a "Walkman" or MP3 Player
  • Compact Cassette

    Compact Cassette
    The mass production of Compact Cassettes began in Hanover, Germany. Two years later, Cassettes were introduced in the United States
  • CD's

    CD stands for Compact Disc and this device caused an entire revolution to music. The first full-length album to be released in CD format was 52nd Street by Billy Joel.
    They became more popular than Cassettes and LP's .
  • Walkman

    Sony starts to commercialize the first Walkman devicem which consisted in a portable audio cassette player. The idea was that you could go everywhere with your music and you could listen to it even when you were "walking"
  • MP3 Player

    MP3 Player
    The first portable MP3 player was launched in 1997 by Saehan Information Systems. Music could be stored in little electronic devices without the need of having a tape or CD with you. You only needed Music Tracks in MP3 format and enough internal memory on the device to store them.
  • iPod

    Apple Inc. entered the Portable Music Industry by introducing their Portable Media Player, the iPod, which consisted in a 5 GB Hard Drive that could store music.