My 2nd review in my new Tech Review series. For regular readers of my technology posts, I won’t be only doing tech reviews I just thought I would kick this off with a couple.
Today I want to talk about the evolution of portable music players and why I still have one. So first off, portable music players have evolved considerably.
AM/FM radios were the first. Then we had Cassette tape players and then the CD playing portable devices. Interesting in that because of their size the AM/FM radio units struggled to get a good signal. The Cassette tape units destroyed the tapes you were listening to, the CD units also over time damaged the CDs.
Up rose the portable music players with a hard drive. At first, the market was flooded with some products. They integrated the concept of portable music stored on the device, and some also offered connections to streaming sources.
- Zune (with FM HD Radio and stored music)
- Sirius XM (with Satellite radio and stored music)
- FM adapter for some other devices including the iPod
- Archos (storage music, AM/FM adapters and the ability to get live TV)
My journey was as follows.
- AM/FM Device used mostly for workouts and replaced about every 5 to 6 months.
- Next was the Creative Rio I had that in the car for a long time. 20 gigs of music storage was about 2/3’s of my Mp3 backup library then
- Zune (I had three different Zunes I miss them still)
- Sirius Portable radio (used for travel, you could use the portable connection and FM broadcast ability to have your radio in the rental car).
- iPod Classic
- Finally the last Device I’ve owned, the Pono Music Player.
I have gotten rid of all of my devices except the Pono. The last two devices I owned are the ones I will rate for this post.
IPod Classic 8
Pono Music Player 8