The Evolution Of Personal Portable Sound

Edison Cylinder

The History Of Personal Portable Sound

To follow the evolution of portable music formats, is to follow a long twisted path of technological successes and failures and the music business has always been a proving ground for technology. As Dan Moore of Goldmine Magazine once put it, "It's a business that has always been a slave to technological advancement." This website provides a history of the evolution of personal and portable audio entertainment. A span of fifty years is divided into five decades of portable music starting with the infamous Eight-Track tape format of the 1970's right up to today's streaming music-on-demand services. The decade boundries are approximate, as established audio technologies often overlapped with emerging technologies. Read on as we take you from a blast from the past into today's music technology.