You have probably seen some old movies where some unruly teenager carried on his shoulders one the first “portable ” audio players – a blaring cassette-tape-playing two-speaker monster (if you ‘re old enough you may even have done this yourself . Unwieldy as those things were they signified the very common desire of people to take their music with them
But the first truly portable audio player was the cassette-tape based Sony Walkman , which was revolutionary in its time and brought on the dawn of the portable audio player and sparked a legion of imitators [banner_entry_middle]
. The subsequent introduction of audio CDs and CD-based walkmans marked the start of the digital music age
A relatively recent revolution in this area was the introduction of Apple ‘s portable music player , the iPod . Although portable mp3 players existed before it (the first mass market mp3 player , the Rio PMP300 , was introduced in 1998 , the iPod ‘s unique design , its user-friendliness the hype surrounding its unveiling in 2001 , and Apple ‘s very good reputation for its sense of aesthetics created immense interest in the product , and catapulted the iPod to its current ubiquity
Portable mp3 players today are a must-have in the everyone-else-has-them-so-I-should-have-one-too ‘ sense , although they are undoubtedly very handy and one of the most remarkable innovations in entertainment technology . Especially among the younger half of the population , jumping aboard the portable music bandwagon is a way of staying cool and keeping up with the times
The primary source of music in mp3 players today are still audio CDs , as it is now very easy to create mp3s from them . But the widespread availability of internet access , with the ability to download plenty of music (legally and illegally ) is also a crucial factor in the spread of portable music players . Some additional factors for the popularity of mp3 players include the ability to access radio stations (present in many mp3 players , the recent integration of iPod interfaces into cars and the many iPod accessories in the market
Today , 1 in 5 Americans , and about 11 out of 20 American teenagers , own at least one portable audio player (with more than 7 out of 10 owning an iPod . More than 1 out of 10 older adults (aged 35-54 ) own an mp3 player as well (Interestingly , and perhaps not surprisingly , two-thirds of mp3 player owners are male ) From these stats alone , it ‘s easy to see that portable music players are definitely here to stay… [banner_entry_footer]
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