My parents were always technology innovators. We had the first VCR (Betamax), the first CD Player and the first Sony Walkman; a gigantic, brick-shaped, “portable” music listening device. The Sony Walkman allowed people to put a wall of sound between themselves and the rest of the world; rendering them blissfully unaware of honking horns, screaming children, loud TV’s, droning co worker conversations about last night’s tuna casseroles and more.
The original Sony Walkman weighed 2.5 pounds compared to the first generation of the iPod which weighed 4.2 ounces making the first generation Walkman almost 10 times heavier than, what is even now considered to be outdated technology. It seems as though new technology shrinks its previous incarnations. As of the time of this writing, the latest version of Apple’s iPod Shuffle weighs a mere .44 ounces which is almost 10 times smaller still than the first generation of the iPod Touch.
I wonder, at what size will our portable listening devices become more inconvenient to use than the original Sony Walkman?