Technology has come a long way in the last 50 years. Advancements have brought us flat screen plasma televisions, smart phones, touch screen computers, and the ability to store music in palm size devices that we can carry around with us. It wasn’t too long ago that music was played on vintage record players, like the old Victrolas.
Music on the Go
Audio technology has advanced in the last few decades at a rapid speed, allowing today’s youth to travel with their music conveniently. I can still remember a time when it wasn’t uncommon to see someone on the street hefting a large boom box on their shoulders or holding a large cassette player in their hand with huge headphones covering their ears. These days, you can strap your MP3 player right to your arm and plug in your tiny ear buds; music on the go has become convenient and common place. You can even get books “on tape” right on your phone or IPods and carry those around with you. The quality is amazing, and even the best record player can’t compare with the clarity of today’s digital files.
Technology Keeps Advancing
Records are a thing of the past, and many of today’s youth would be astounded to discover there was a time when you couldn’t download your favorite song and you had to travel to the record store and buy the entire album- even if you just wanted one hit song to listen to. Cassette tapes replaced records, getting rid of the large record players. Music fans were glad to be rid of the needles on those old players. Such a steady hand was needed to play a record without scratching its surface and causing skips and bumps during play. Of course, tapes had their own drawbacks. Those of us that grew up in the 80s remember fondly the relationship between a pencil and a tape; the winding up of a tape that had been eaten and come unwound. Soon, CD’s were all the rage, replacing tapes and the need for the guesswork that came with the fast forward and rewind buttons. Now, you could skip to whichever song you wanted to hear with a simple button and no more winding up off the reels. However, CD’s, much like records before them, could get scratched and cause interruptions in playback.
Digital Files Create Flexibility
Nowadays, we can download music right to our smart phones, MP3 players, and IPods. We can choose which songs we want without purchasing the entire album and create our own playlists, mixing one or more artists or genres together to create our own albums. With these advancements, taking your music with you is convenient and simple.