The Evolution of the Portable Music Player

  • Transistor Radio

    Transistor Radio
    A transistor radio is a small portable radio receiver that uses transistor-based circuitry. Following their development in 1954 they became the most popular electronic communication device in history, with billions manufactured during the 1960s and 1970s. Their pocket size sparked a change in popular music listening habits, allowing people to listen to music anywhere they went. In the 1970s their popularity declined as other portable media players such as boom boxes and portable cassette players
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    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.
  • MpMan

    The MPMan music player, manufactured by the South Korean company SaeHan Information Systems, debuted in Asia in March 1998, and was the first mass-produced portable solid state digital audio player. The internal flash memory could be expanded, but there were no support for external memory. It was delivered with a docking station. To put music into the device, the music first had to be encoded in the mp3 format by an encoder provided by the user. And transferred via the parallel port to the dock
  • Rio PMP300

    Rio PMP300
    The 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.
  • Personal Jukebox

    Personal Jukebox
    This article has been nominated to be checked for its neutrality. Discussion of this nomination can be found on the talk page. (April 2009) The Personal Jukebox (also known as PJB-100 or Music Compressor) was the first commercially sold hard disk digital audio player. Introduced late in 1999, it preceded the Apple iPod.
  • Creative NOMAD (circa 2000)

    Creative NOMAD (circa 2000)
    The NOMAD was a range of digital audio players designed and sold by Creative Technology, and later discontinued in 2004. Subsequent players now fall exclusively under the MuVo and ZEN brands. The NOMAD series consisted of two distinct brands: NOMAD (and later NOMAD MuVo) - Players that utilize flash memory. This brand eventually became the MuVo line.
    NOMAD Jukebox - Players that utilize microdrives. The brand has now evolved into the ZEN line.
  • Cowon iAUDIO CW100

    Cowon iAUDIO CW100
    In October 2000, 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.
  • iPod classic

    iPod classic
    iPod is a line of portable media players created by and marketed by Apple Inc. The product line-up consists of the hard drive-based iPod classic, the touchscreen iPod touch, the compact iPod nano and the ultra-compact iPod shuffle. iPod classic models store media on an internal hard drive, while all other models use flash memory to enable their smaller size (the discontinued mini used a Microdrive miniature hard drive). As with many other digital music players, iPods can serve as external data s
  • 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 Jukebox 6000 to work on any operating system.
  • 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
  • Ipod Touch

    Ipod Touch
    The iPod Touch is 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.
  • 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.
  • Electrical Engineering

    This belongs to the Electrical engineering discipline becasue the devices are run completely off electrical devices and you connect them to computers which are also electrical.
  • Impact on the world

    The portable media device has changed a lot over the years. Many people have the newest form of portable media, the iPod. With the iPod you can listen to music, watch movies, surf the internet etc.