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Technology’s positive influence on humanity has never stopped since the dawn of the first human civilisations . Music being one of the earliest human creations , along with the creation of alphabets , has evolved with technological advancements .This rapid technological advancements ,Thanks to the information revolution , has made some of the world’s coolest tech gadgets like smart wireless headphones and smart wireless earbuds mainstream gadgets affordable to a large consumer base . This article covering the evolution of smart  wireless bluetooth headphones and smart wireless bluetooth earbuds is written by me , a guy who has enjoyed listening to music during both the analogic and digital electronic age . This evolution form the first portable music player made by Sony , Sony walk man , to modern current smart bluetooth headphones like vinci 2.0 and smart wireless earbuds like the dash by bragi or apple airpods , this evolution has made guys like me truly experience its impact , which you’re gonna explore in this article and know how the first portable music player like sony walkman  has been the first disruption in the music industry  , how the first digital music player has created the second disruption in the music industry and user experience and finally how the information revolution has pushed the physical hardware limits to bring modern day smart wireless earbuds and smart wireless headphones

1 how the first portable music player like sony walkman has been the first disruption in the music industry

sony walkman

The evolution of headphones as music gadgets has started with the Sony walkman in 1979 , the portable cassette player that has disrupted the music industry and the user experience , for the simple reason that portable cassette player were big and heavy and were used only at home , that’s why when the true first portable cassette player came in , it has shaped entirely the culture of the eighties and has made headphones use very popular like smartphone accessories , though the single magnetic tape cassette at the time could contain on 12 music songs , this limitation did not influence negatively on the user experience that always favours the portability feature . So this clearly shows that the widespread use of the sony walkman was behind the widespread use of headphones as music gadgets and this trend will continue till the end of the nineties, when mobile laptops started to be used as personal device for playing videos , web surfing and listening to music .

2 how the first digital music player has created the second disruption in the music industry and user experience

I will not go deep into the historic details of the first digital music player because , this is not the scope of the article and if we go deep into the historic details , this would require a separate artivle about the topic . Anyway , the section title outlines the apple ipod as the first portable digital player that was the most popular unlike previous designs .The apple ipod additional notable technical feature to the sony walkman is removing the limitations of the number of music tracks by a small scale hard disk drive containing 1 Gigabyte of space for 1000 music track , a notable technical feature was the prolonged music playback time up to six hours . The widespread use of apple ipod digital music player was  accompanied

By the by their , in-house designed, apple earpods in their wired versions  , because the were more convenient and portable than wired headphones .

The world’s first ‘popular music ‘ music player

Apple earpods

apple earpods

Wired earbuds were the most popular music gadgets for listening to music , though wireless bluetooth earbuds were available since 2000, the apple ipod did not have built-in bluetooth feature and even if it had it , the first wireless bluetooth headset were expensive and unrelyable .

The Nokia hdw1 ,2000, wireless bluetooth headset

bluetooth headset nokia hdw2

The first bluetooth headphones in 2004

bluetooth headphones

Jaybird wireless earbuds , the first wireless earbuds to have widespread use .

This Trend continues till 2007 , when jaybird freedom 200 hit the market . They become the first bluetooth earbuds to have widespread use but not for the casual user as they designed for use as fitness wireless earbuds thanks to its sweat repellent design and fins enabling it to stick to the user ears . The trend continues until 2012 when the digital revolution had all the requirements to cut the cables .

jaybird wireless earbuds

3 how the information revolution has pushed the physical hardware limits to bring modern day smart wireless earbuds and smart wireless headphones .

If the digital revolution in 2001 has enabled hardware manufacturers Like apple to build a popular digital music player . 2012 was the year of technological breakthroughs in hardware as it had seen high end smartphones with hd displays like the popular smamsung galaxy s3 , broadband internet connection making watching hd youtube videos possible ..etc . For music lovers , 2012 was the year when it was possible to build a wireless earbud integrating all the hardware capabilities of an ipod in 2001 . This was the vision of German company Bragi that has seized the opportunity and worked on The project from the end of  2012 till the early of 2014 when they launched one of the most successful european kickstarter campaigns raising more 3 million US . It was since 2015 onward , that smart wireless bluetooth earbuds have seen widespread use and adoption .

bragi dash

The Dash by Bragi , the first smart wireless earbud


Concerning wireless smart headphones , unfortunately ,the have not seen the massive widespread use as smart wireless earbuds , due to the fact people prefer portability , in addition to that , advanced hardware features in smart wireless earbuds like long battery use ,active noise cancelling and much more are all available in modern wireless bluetooth earbuds .


Smart wireless earbuds and smart wireless headphones , being by products of the digital revolution , have made listening to music truly enjoyable to the extreme limits by removing all the physical hardware limitations that have plagued previous generations of audio and music gadgets . This innovation has been pushed to the extreme limits which makes the market saturated and not waiting for the future version as long as there is no perceived user experience limitation not addressed by the products available on the market . What is also supporting my opinion is the latest news of this year of 2019 , Bragi , the company having brought to the market  the first smart wireless earbuds ,has sold its hardware business to continue focusing only on software services . If you are not supporting this overview ,please write yours in the comment .

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