In the era of woodstock, led zeppelin, guitars, and rock n’ roll, LP vinyl albums were the mainstream way of listening to music. A album usually comes in a double sided, 12 inch, black disc that were played on large turntables.
As that era of music came and went, Vinyl albums were replaced by cassette tapes. These were mostly seen in the late 70’s and early 80’s. In their time they were seen as the best way of listening to music. They were compact, portable, and harder to break than that of a vinyl record.
After cassettes came and went the music world saw a new way of listening to music, the Compact Disc, the compact disc or CDs were the most advanced technology to date. they were the easiest to maintain, but, and store. You could keep 100’s of CD’s in your glovebox in your car or in a crate in your closet and listen to them in your car, at your desk, in your kitchen or even when you’re going on a run.
After about 20 years of a CD dominated market, the music scene saw yet another innovation on the common concept of listening to music. In the year 1998, the first MP3 players hit the market. The first form of truly digital music. You could transferred your music from a CD or cassette to your MP3 player to have a virtually never degrading piece of music always on you. After many brands experimented, the Apple iPod hit the markets. They had cracked the code for the perfect MP3 player. Apple came through again with the iPhone in 2007, innovation upon their now bustling series of MP3 players and adding a smartphone feature, along with games, weather reports, news articles and the entire internet right in your pocket, at all times.
After years of this the most recent era of music listening technology emerged. Spotify, the leading dedicated music streaming company, was the first to see mainstream success after the release of the iPhone. With a $9.99/mo subscription, users can have access to a huge selection of music, podcasts and music videos from a seemingly never ending variety of genres and artists.
Ever since the first form of wide spread music was listened to, the masses have always been eager to see what’s next, and as of now streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, and SoundCloud remain the kings of modern music and they’re not going anywhere any time soon.