This is the story of my first CD player. It was the first source of portable audio I had. Back then it was 2001, and I had a paper route. Life felt good, despite not being able to actually work yet. I was 13. I was just discovering music, and CD stores were everywhere. Despite living in a small town, there were two CD stores in my area.
Above is what looks like the portable CD player I had. At it’s time, it costed $60 at Zellers. I took it everywhere, the batteries lasted a decent amount of time too, maybe 3 to 4 hours. Of course, burning playlists onto a CD was a thing back then, but I didn’t have a PC. So I just bought CD’s and just listened to them constantly until the discs were scratched. I could take the CD out of my player and put it into the car and it would just skip non-stop, making it pointless to listen to anymore.
Portable CD players came in a range of different models. The first portable CD player was released to the public in November of 1984, and was called the “Discman”, by Sony. Back then it was $300 USD for that CD player. Of course, by the time (in 2001), expensive CD players costed about $300 if you wanted the highest end. Portable MP3 players were just coming out and were more expensive.
I guess the whole point of this article was to reflect back on the past and to see how far we’ve come to this day in portable audio technology. These days, we just use our smartphones for music, the iPhone does that. I also forgot to mention the release of the first iPod which came out on October 23rd, 2001, which saved Apple back in the day, they were really struggling back then. I never actually got an iPod until 2003 or 2005, I got one using that FreeiPods.com website (which is history now, but those were considered “scams” back then but I proved all my friends wrong!).
The iPods I owned ranged from the iPod Video, to the iPod Nano, to the iPod Classic, to then finally in 2012, the iPhone 5. It was of course a relief to be able to use your phone and music player all in one unit. So anyways, if you have a story to tell, please share it below in the comments and let Google index in all it’s glory.