Way before fancy music apps and over-complicated music players.
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Before the emergence of over-complicated music apps and high-end audio equipment, listening to our favourite tunes was a fuss-free experience
It was all a matter of “play, pause, and repeat.”
Nothing fancy, just good music (can’t deny ’90s music is the greatest) without the frills.
Heck, we couldn’t even be bothered if the track was playing in MP3, wav, or other formats. As long as it plays, that’s good enough.
With that being said, here’s a tribute to how we used to listen to music back in the day:
1. Sony Walkman
The personal stereo was introduced by Sony under the market name Walkman in 1979. It was widely popular throughout the ’80s and ’90s until it was replaced by the portable CD players, known as Discman.
You might have thrown away your tried-and-true cassette collection, but the Walkman is still a cultural icon – Star-Lord from the Guardians of The Galaxy series is a huge fan!
2. Sony Discman
Many iterations of Sony’s CD player found its way into the market in the ‘90s, though none were more instrumental to pop culture or the time period than the D-Series Discman.
The combination of AVLS (Automatic Volume Limiter System) and Mega Bass technology produced amazing audio, whereas anti-shock protection ensured skip-free music playback when engaged in physical activities.
Yes, people used to jog with these huge things strapped to their hip.
3. MP3 Players
This was a PC fair must-buy.
Don’t matter if it was made from some obscure Chinese brand, as long as you had one, you were cool.
Spending hours on end looking for songs to download on the Internet and transfer them into the oblong-shaped device was all worth it.
4. Portable Stereo System
The “boombox” was a regular at BBQs and parties. Cool enough to impress your crush, loud enough to bring the house down.
And when it came to this device, size does matter.
5. Music Phones
Before Samsung and Apple made their mark in the smartphone industry, Sony Ericsson was a force to be reckoned with. The company (which is now known only as “Sony”) created some of the coolest and most canggih phones, and the ‘Walkman’ series was one of them.
All the cool kids had a Sony Ericsson Walkman phone which was predominately in orange and black/white colour.
6. iPod Classic
The scrolling wheel, the chunky body, and the massive storage space.
Although it was introduced in the early 2000s, the iPod Classic became a favourite among those who grew up in the ’90s. It was ahead of its time – minimalistic and easy to use. It was also the device that helped put Apple back into the tech limelight.
If you still have an iPod Classic stored somewhere in your drawer, you might want to take it out and dust it out because it could be worth USD20,000 (RM85,000)!
Winamp was one of the most widely used Internet services for listening to music and radio streams. Winamp eventually lost popularity as services like iTunes and Windows Media Player hit the Web, but it’ll always hold a special place in the hearts of many.
The digital music revolution started with Napster – the file-sharing service dreamt up by two teenagers in 1999.
And boy, it was a life changing site.
It sounded like the stuff dreams were made of – you mean I can download free music now?!
LimeWire, the wildly successful P2P client, no longer exists because it was shut down in 2010. Using the site was a risky business, either you just downloaded the latest Green Day/Alanis Morrissette/Tupac/Whitney Houston album or… you just got a nasty virus.
10. Windows Media Player
At the end of the 1990’s came another technological change that had a pretty big impact on music consumption, it was Windows Media Play 6.4.
Much like Winamp, you could customise and pimp out the player with colourful skins.
Can’t play that song? RealPlayer to the rescue!
The app might be awkward and clunky, and the streams themselves took forever to load, but it got the job done.
Which one of these did you own? Share with us in the comment section below!
Growing up in the ’90s, we certainly had some pretty interesting experiences with the Internet:
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