Most of the younger generation may not know life before the MP3 player, and especially the Apple iPod. There are enough people though who remember life before the digital age, and today we have news of Apple iPod jealousy as it finishes below the Sony Walkman in a poll of great inventions
The Telegraph is reporting that a T3 survey amongst its readers asked what they think is the best technology invention in the last fifty years. The original cassette tape Sony Walkman finished second overall, with the Apple iPhone finishing top in the poll. Making up the top three was the Apple iPod, but it is the Walkman that will be fondly remembered by many.
It was first introduced to the world in 1979, and really became big business during the 1980s as music lovers could finally enjoy their music while on the go. It did have its problems though as many would have experienced a tangled tape at some time or another.
Compared to modern MP3 players users could probably only store between 25 and 30 songs on a typical ninety minute tape. Surprisingly the device only ceased production last year in late October, and still had some features even iPod owners would be jealous of. There were some models that had twin headphone sockets, and batteries could easily be replaced once they were spent.
The unit spawned many copies from various other companies and there will undoubtedly be many examples still being used today. What would be your choice of the best technology invention over the last fifty years?