Inventions that changed our Life – Walkman

69% the Screen of my phone displayed, as I fished out my Mobile phone out of pocket and checked the battery level before leaving the office at 6 PM. A hectic day it was with lot of calls including 3-4 Conference Calls. Thinking, I made a right choice buying this phone as I exhaled a long breath walking along the road towards Huda City Centre Metro Station, Gurgaon to catch the Metro for Chandani Chowk, Delhi.


As soon as I got into Metro Station and I searched my bag for the second most loved thing that I never miss to carry with me; The Skull Candy headphones. I plugged its jack to My Phone and with few Swipes and Taps on screen I tuned in my favorite Playlist of Songs. I have a strong bond with the collection of songs that I carry in my mobile Just like any other person born into 80s. The platform was fully crowded but I found a place near escalators where I sat and waited for the metro which came almost after 10 mins; Packed with Passengers.


For many this station would be the end of today’s journey but for me it was a long journey of almost 90 Minutes before my journey reach my destination. As it happens with many of us; as long as earphones are plugged in our ears the outer world remains almost disconnected. I got a seat near the doors I closed my eyes with the intention to reward myself with Music therapy for the rest of journey. Soon, a thought came across my mind and interrupted my drowse; how boring this journey would be without the Endless Music that we carry in our Phones?

The thought made me dwell on the past when we used to have Portable Cassette Players- Widely known as “Walkman”. Walkman undoubtedly changed the course of our lives and it was one of the greatest inventions of the time. The credit goes to Nobutoshi Kihara audio-division engineer of Sony, who built the walkman for his Boss Masaru Ibuka in Japan. As soon as the first ever personal portable music player of the world ‘Walkman’ launched in the market for retail sales on 1st July 1979, It became the most popular and In Demand gadget for the world. A product that not just made music more personal thing for all of us; but also proved very useful for professionals like Singers, Press reporters, Secret Agencies and to countless jobs.

The whole world joined the Music revolution that began with the ‘Walkman’ the sales of Music cassettes broke previous sales records but was a carrying a load of cassettes and dry batteries was not at all an easy task for anyone in this world. The reduce this load years of research brought fruit to Sony when they introduced Disc man, a personal CD player with help of what one can carry even more music in much less space. But the problem with Disc man was that only listening to pre recorded CD was possible in this device. No recording by the user was possible as it was possible in many variants of ‘Walkman’. This advantage of ‘Walkman’ strongly held the grounds for it and it remained the undisputed king of the Music Industry for many years.

In the era of competition no company can stand alone and is subjected to face fierce competition by others while the research work at Sony was at full pace other tech giants like AT&T, SaeHan etc joined the war. Audio and Mp3 players were the next products on the shelves of every shop that sold electronic products. It was a simple, small and versatile device with lot and lot of memory space to hold such amount of Music that a satchel full of audio cassettes would hold.

After the invention of MP3 players opened a whole new world of Opportunities for device Manufacturers, Music Producers, and Education Industry and for a whole lot of other industries. It was around 2001 when tech giant Apple inc. launched its first I Pod in the market. The device boasted of its 5GB hard drive space that could store thousands of songs in a palm sized device. Later on Multimedia phones and after that smart phones took the place of all above mentioned devices.

It’s been a long journey for the manufacturer and for the consumers too who had been excited and motivated through all this transformation of technology. The People who embraced the change made it happen for companies to keep on innovating better devices. The music I was listening became the background music for all this thinking process. When I shifted my attention to the display board I came to realize at next station I have to deboard the train. Again I felt myself losing into the beats of Music.


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