Technology in the 90s and 2000s was really fucking shit tbh. I.e. the state of the art in music listening for a long time was cassette tapes. You would take your little cassette tape. Pop it into your Sony 'walkman' and you were away my friend! And the headphones you used got this spectacular experience? Total shit. Later on the music industry started pushing these newer things called "CDs" for music. CDs made it easier to skip tracks and were more reliable. They were also easier to protect with DRM. IDK what the storage capacity of a CD is vs a tape because in data archiving they actually still use tapes for long term storage. So it must not be as shit as it seems.
Anyway, eventually we had these things called 'diskmans' that were portable CD players. Can you imagine? All the kiddos would get together at lunch and swap CDs. Listening to their smash mouths and their brittney tunes. Diskmans were expensive though. Hence only the rich kids had them. I must admit that I couldn't afford one. I had to get on my knees and do some very wizardly things indeed to get access to one. I am convinced the mods would know of such things. But as I continue: the next revolution in portable music players was kind of ground breaking.
APPLE entered the game and started to tear shit up. IDK which ipod came first but soon enough everyone had them. I would say they changed the entire music industry because IPODS operated on mp3s and actual files. This was the era of Limewire, mother fucker. The start of widespread piracy by just about everyone. It basically caused the music industry and others to develop new business models like streaming. They didn't want to have to offer people this shit but they thought that if they made a solution that was better and easier than piracy then they might actually be able to make some money from their content.
To this day the best music player that has probably ever been made was the ipod classic. It's the best for several reasons:
1. It boots instantly so you don't have to keep it on.
2. It's battery lasts about a day.
3. It has over 100 GBs of storage.
4. It's UI is simple, elegant, and beautiful. There is no bullshit to distract you.
On an ipod classic there is nothing to get in the way of listening to music. You don't have to leave it on like with a phone which means you can make the battery last a fucking week if you want to. Simply put: this is the best portable music player made, full stPost too long. Click here to view the full text.