7 Tech Innovations Music Lovers will always appreciate.

In the spirit of throwbacks this Thursday, we will be looking at some of the top tech innovations that made music lovable for all the music lovers in the world. 

(1) MySpace

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Founded in 2003 in Beverly Hills, California, MySpace was the first of the great social media platforms. Like those from around the world, it was quickly adopted by Australian musicians to reach youthful users who hit up friends and celebs via blogs, music, photos, videos, and profiles.
Every single music file that was uploaded onto the site between 2003-2015 has been lost, forever. Twelve years of music, 50 million songs from 14 million artists, gone.
It was the largest social networking site in the world from 2005 to 2008, turning over $800 million a year, until the suits at the Murdochs, and then Time magazine, took over ownership.
Five years ago MySpace still had 1 billion registered users (active and non-active) and 50.6 million monthly visitors in the US.
But despite desperate designs (described famously by a former executive as “massive spaghetti-ball mess”) and a failed attempt at buying Spotify, the music world and the influencers moved on and MySpace had to change its Tinder detail to “irrelevant”.

(2) LaserDisc

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The LaserDisc gained a lot of interest on its arrival in 1978 as the first format of optical video storage. On January 14, 2009, LaserDisc officially died.
It offered higher quality video than VHS and Betamax, with technology that was later used in CD, DCD, and Blu-ray. For the three decades LaserDisc was on the market, it earned a reputation for providing a much higher picture quality, better audio, and laughably superior navigation than its competitors. 

(3) Boomboxes

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Boomboxes were also known as jamboxes and ghettoblasters. These portables had one major aim when they emerged in the tail end of the ‘70s.
That is, they were to be played at the loudest volume possible and quickly considered a cool symbol in Australian and US ghettos. The boomboxes were actually invented in 1966 by audio compact cassette inventor Philips of the Netherlands and known as radio recorder.
The Japanese stormed the market four years later with cooler designs and advanced technology. Boomboxes helping to popularise hip hop especially in its beginnings on the street.
Users could tape off the radio; and the boxes’ double cassette meant strangers would approach each other, attracted by unknown tracks being played, and ask to make a tape.
The largest ones were the size of suitcases to accommodate bass booms – and of course, to drown out the other blasters as one sauntered down the street, perched on one’s shoulders.

(4) MiniDisc Players

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When MiniDiscs saw the light of day in late 1992, they were a music fan’s dream.
The discs were one-third the size of CDs but held 80 minutes of digitized audio, they were protected by a plastic cartridge with sliding doors which was important for the storage system of teenagers (that is, spread out of their covers on the bedroom floor) and allowed users to make their own remixes.
Some audiophiles cry into their beers insisting the format was ahead of its time.

(5) Transistor Radios

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In the 1950s, the lingo of the “crazy generation” included “cruisin’ for a bruisin’”, “back seat bingo”, “upon cloud 9” and “cookin’ with gas”.
Into this world, in 1954, came the small portable and cheap transistor radio, which used transistors than vacuum tubes.
They allowed teenagers to be mobile with their music and “razzing their berries” by listening with friends or using the sole headphone outlet to tune in under the covers in the dark. Transistor radios were best listened to pressed against the ear, not as some dimwit symbol of affection, but because the sound was so tinny. Despite that, over the next few decades, they became the most popular electronic communication device, with billions sold between the 1950s and 2012.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniack spoke or a generation when he drooled, “My first transistor radio… I loved what it could do, it brought me music, it opened my world up.”
Hundreds of songs name-checked the device. Their shapes reflected changing times, from spaceship and guns to peanuts because the US president of the time was a peanut farmer.

(6) Motorola Rokr E1

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Apple’s first foray into turning the phone into an endless jukebox was a partnership with Motorola in 2005.
The ROKR E1 was the first to be integrated with Apple iTunes software and came with a player that looked like Apple’s iPod. The experiment ended in 2009.
What Happened?, the software was slow to transfer, the storage capacity so small only 100 tracks could be loaded, the camera was crap and the design was plastic and cheap-looking.
Despite an expensive marketing campaign, buyers stayed away. Apple leader Steve Jobs hated it and vowed never to issue a device under the Apple name which was developed by an outside third party.

(7) Quadrophonic Sound

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With the album format on top of the game through the stereo sound, it made perfect sense to release them on something that doubled, the quadrophonic sound.
Arriving in 1971, early albums on the format (4.0 Surround in tech-speak) sounded superb, coming out from four speakers placed in each corner of a room.
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