Personal Music Players
As a longtime collector of transistor radios, I thought it would be fun to expand into the other “personal music” devices of our age. After the transistor radio, the next major personal music device was the Sony Walkman TPS-L2 from Japan. The earliest Sony Walkman is shown in the middle of the photo. So early is this example that it is not even labeled “Walkman,” as is the slightly later model you see to the right. At left is the pre-Walkman TCM-600 introduced in 1978 as the world's smallest tape recorder for standard cassettes. This forerunner is a mono recorder/player where the Walkman is a stereo play-only device. The Walkman measures 3-1/2" wide by 5-1/2" high. See much more on the Sony Walkman here.
The portable CD player was a while getting off the ground. Early ones like this Citizen and dangerous-looking but impressively-small Sony Discman ate power voraciously. That’s one reason why these early models didn’t even have on-board batteries but rather had larger, detachable battery packs. And that’s why though “portable,” most people used them plugged into a wall socket. This Citizen is a model CPM 777 (1988, Japan) and measures 5-7/8" by 6-3/4"; the Sony D-88 (1988, Japan) measures about 3-3/4" square and 1-1/4" thick.
And are some of the earliest portable digital MP3 players, which first appeared in 1998. Upper left is the Diamond Rio PMP300 (1998). Below that the Rave MP2000 Series from Sensory Science (1999). Next is the blue i2Go “eGo,” from 2000. Top middle is the Intel (yes Intel) Pocket Concert from 2000 and below that the tiny I-Jam IJ-100 (1999). The Clik! from Sensory Science was made in 2000. The Sony Music Clip MC-P10 from 2000 took a different approach, styling-wise.
Far right is a fourth generation Apple iPod MP 102 (2004). Apple’s first iPod was issued in 2001. Though they weren’t first, Apple did it best and came to dominate the field.
And here are details of the digital players: Diamond Rio PMP300 (1998, Taiwan) measures 2-5/8" by 3-5/8". The Rave MP2000 Series is from Sensory Science (1999, Korea). The blue i2Go "eGo," from 2000 measuresing 3" wide by 4-1/2" high. It is rather thicker than the others at 1-3/8 inches, but it could hold two IBM Microdrives for an amazing (at the time) 2-gig capacity. Decked out this way, it cost over $2000! The Intel Pocket Concert from 2000 measures 2-3/8" by 3-7/8". The little I-Jam IJ-100 (1999, Korea) measures 2" by 3-1/2." The I-Jam had a built-in FM radio and came in a choice of five colors. The Clik! rave:mp MP2300 from Sensory Science (2000, Korea) measures 2-7/8" by 4-7/8" and uses removable Iomega "Clik" disks. The Sony Music Clip "Personal Network Player" MC-P10 is from 2000 and is 4-3/4" long. Made in Japan, this attractive little player didn't actually play MP3s but rather Sony's own ATRAC3 files. This ultimately led to this product's early demise. The fourth-generation Apple iPod MP 102 (2004) is a bit under 2-1/2" by 4-1/16". It's a good deal slimmer than all the others.
©Copyright 2008-2020 ericwrobbel.com. All rights reserved.