The iPod is the Mp3 player that changed everything. There were similar devices before him, but it was the development of Apple that drove the last nail into the coffin of bulky and heavy CD players. “A thousand songs in your pocket,” is how Steve Jobs described the first iPod during its 2003 presentation. Lightweight and compact (Steve used a deck of playing cards for comparison), with enough memory, easy to operate, beautiful, the iPod breathed a second life into Apple, and its name became a household name. Without it, we would not have an iPad or an iPhone, and Apple would probably only be a manufacturer of laptops and computers.
It was this player that practically single-handedly changed the music industry by “digitizing” it. Launched with the iPod, the iTunes Store has grown to become the largest digital music store over time. And CD-disks are needed now, perhaps, only by connoisseurs.
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Released in 1900, this camera made photography a massive hit and was a goldmine for Kodak. Lightweight, comfortable, and most importantly, cheap (just one dollar excluding film, also, by the way, inexpensive), Brownie has allowed hundreds of thousands of people to capture and share the brightest moments of life.
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The Regency TR-1 is the world's first all-transistor serial radio. With him began the heyday of transistor devices around the world and the era of portability. It was created by Texas Instrument (which developed devices for the US Army during World War II) and released to the market in 1954.
Beautiful and compact, it has become the most coveted Christmas present for many Americans. It was a triumph for engineering - and a real revolution.
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The first phonograph was invented by Thomas Edison in 1877, but these wonderful devices only entered people's homes a quarter of a century later. Thank you for this to Victor Talking Machine and its Victrola phonographs. The sound-amplifying "horn" was hidden inside a wooden cylinder, so that when assembled, the device looked like a decorative piece of furniture.
If at the beginning of the 20th century classical music sounded in someone's apartment, most likely it was played by such a phonograph. Subsequently, Victrola were ousted from the market by gramophones and gramophones, and the Victor Talking Machine became part of RCA (Radio Corporation of America), an American television and radio giant that existed until 1986.
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Personal computers would have been very different if IBM had not released its 5150 in 1981. She became an incredible hit of sales and a truly massive device.
Most importantly, with the release of the 5150, IBM has allowed other manufacturers to license their DOS operating system. It was thanks to this decision that all personal computers were born, including those that we have now. Apart from Apple products, this company has had its own path.
In the Time rating, the Walkman is several places higher than the iPod, and it's very easy to explain. It was the Japanese who first managed to combine portability, simplicity and affordability in one music player. The Walkman worked on batteries, and played small cassettes - and this at a time when vinyl records were the most popular audio carrier! As a result, Sony sold about two hundred million such devices, but gradually lost ground - the Walkman was replaced by CD players and the same iPod.
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The main personal computer in history, whatever one may say. Fully graphical, straightforward interface (unlike DOS, which had to be controlled by driving commands into the command line). With mouse and cursor. Nice design. We can use the same words to describe any modern computer or laptop - another illustration of how breakthrough the Macintosh was for its 1984. In sales, by the way, it failed - it was too expensive. But it doesn't matter - financially Apple will win back later.
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Trinitron is a Sony- patented picture tube used in the Japanese TVs. The first TV with "Trinitron" on board came out in 1968, at the dawn of color televisions. And it was the Sony device that was destined to turn the glow into a real fire. At the time, Trinitron delivered a fantastic image, eventually triggering a qualitative growth in content in the TV industry. Sony has sold over one hundred million of these TVs.
If the Macintosh is the first personal computer as we know it, then the iPhone is the first modern smartphone. Mobile phones and communicators were there before the iPhone, but it was Apple who managed to put mini-computers in the pockets of millions of people. Both directly - to buyers of the iPhone itself, and indirectly - to those who chose Android.
This is the first mass-produced device with a capacitive touchscreen: it allowed you to interact with the smartphone interface using your fingers, without any stylus or other gadgets.
This is the first smartphone with a truly responsive interface: objects on the screen, such as the keyboard, appear only when you need them, without taking up extra space.
But the main thing is the AppStore, an app store that appeared a couple of years after the original iPhone was released. Millions of apps - from messengers like Whatsapp, navigators and games to photo editors with editing software - have changed our lives forever, making it easier. Few devices can do this.>