Exploring the Melodious Spectrum: A Comprehensive Guide to Different Types of Music Players

Did you know that the first music box ever made – and, coincidentally, the first musical device – dates back to 1811? The evolution of musical devices over time has taken us from simple music boxes to the versatile devices of today.

TheBluetooth speaker has revolutionized the way we listen to music.

1811: Music box

la boite a music inventée en 1811
The music box invented in 1811

The first music box and musical device was automatic, producing sound by placing pins on a rotating disc or cylinder. It could be slipped into a vest pocket and became popular when the first factory opened in 1815 and the industry boomed.

1857: The phonautograph

phonautograph inventé en 1857
Phonautograph invented in 1857

The first device capable of recording sound was the phonautograph, invented by Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville in 1857. It worked by transcribing sound waves as ripples across a line drawn on glass or smoke-blackened paper.

1877: The phonograph

phonograph en 1877
Phonograph in 1877

Thomas Edison revolutionized the world of music with the invention of the phonograph. The phonograph is a device that mechanically records, stores and reproduces sound. His creation ushered in a new era for the sound and music industries, enabling artists and sound engineers to capture their musical and vocal performances to share with the world.

1887: The Gramophone

gramophone inventé en 1887
Gramophone invented in 1887

Based on the original phonautograph concept and created by Emile Berliner, it differed from phonographs by using a rotating flat disk instead of a rotating cylinder. Gramophones were marketed in 1896 in the form of the Victrola, the first commercially available record player to play recorded music.

1890: The Nickel Slot Phonograph


Invented by Louis Glass and William S. Arnold, this device was a redesigned Edison Class M electric phonograph. The added device was patented as the Coin Actuated Attachment for Phonograph, and enabled music to be heard through four listening tubes.

1910: Headphones

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Headphones invented in 1910

Developed by Nathaniel Baldwin, the first models of headphones were uncomfortable to wear for long periods because they were not padded.

1920: The first radio station


KDKA is an incredibly important radio station. It was the first commercially licensed station to broadcast on a clear channel. Since its inception in 1920, it has broadcast news and entertainment to millions of listeners in the U.S. and around the world. In addition, it played a vital role in the growth of radio’s popularity and the rise of entertainment.

1925: The 78 rpm standard

78 rpm standard inventé en 1925
78 rpm standard invented in 1925

The speed of 78 revolutions per minute (RPM) was defined as the industry standard for flat records played between 1898 and the end of the 1950s. This speed allows records to play at the same speed on different systems, which is important for a consistent, uniform audio experience. Engineers chose this speed because it offers a compromise between high quality and low noise.

1928: Magnetic tape

la bande magnétic en 1928
Magnetic tape invented in 1928

Fritz Pfleumer, an Austrian-German engineer, revolutionized the world of audio recording by inventing magnetic tape. In 1928, he developed an innovative process that involved applying iron oxide to thin paper and sealing it with lacquer. His invention enabled artists and recording studios to produce clearer, more precise audio recordings.

1935: The AEG Magnetophon tape recorder

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The aeg magnetophon tape recorder invented in 1935

In 1935, German electronic engineering company AEG revolutionized the world of audio recording by creating the first magnetic tape recorder, the Magnetophon. This device was at the forefront of technology, enabling sound professionals to record sounds with a quality and precision unrivalled to this day. The innovative design of the

1937: Two-channel stereo

Bell Laboratories developed two-channel stereo, originally intended for film soundtracks, by separating multiple tracks from a single source recording. In 1940, Disney uses this technology in Fantasia, the first commercial studio film to be amplified with high-fidelity stereo sound.

1940: The vocoder

This vocal synthesizer preceded 1997’s Auto-Tune and could manipulate voice pitch. Created by a physicist at Bell Laboratories, it was essential during the Second World War to obscure the transatlantic conversations of President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.

1954: The transistor radio


The Regency TR-1 is the first transistor radio that lets people take their music with them. This portable music device worked with AM broadcasts.

1962: The first portable stereo


Developed by Henry Kloss, KLH’s Model 11 is the first portable stereo system that allows people to listen to music more flexibly.

1963: The compact cassette

la casette compact inventé en 1963
The compact cassette invented in 1963

Music consumers were delighted when Phillips consolidated the reel to a compact cassette. This innovation transformed the way music was listened to and produced, allowing smoother transitions and enabling music lovers to record their favorite mixtapes. The advantages offered by this technology are not to be underestimated, as it paved the way for a whole host of new applications.

1965: The 8-track tape

track tape inventé en 1965
track tape invented in 1965

In 1965, recorded music made its debut in cars thanks to 8-track tape. Ford proposed this innovation for its 1966 models.

1966: The boombox

la boombox inventé en 1966
The boombox invented in 1966

Boomboxes are an impressive invention that has revolutionized the way we record and share radio programs. With their convenient, portable format, boomboxes enabled users to easily record radio broadcasts onto cassettes without the need for complicated cables or microphones.

1972: Technics SL-1200 turntables

les plaques tournantes technics sl 1200 inveté en 1972
Technics sl 1200 turntables invented in 1972

The high-fidelity turntable was a highly innovative product that revolutionized the way consumers listened to music. Thanks to a direct-drive, high-torque motor, these machines deliver precise, high-quality playback of vinyl records. What’s more, their ergonomic design makes it easy for users to locate the different ends of the record.

1979: The Walkman

walkman inventé en 1979
The Walkman invented in 1979

The technology of the modern era has revolutionized the way we listen to music. Sony took the concept of Phillips audio cassettes and Nathaniel Baldwin-designed headphones and created the Walkman, making portable music even more convenient and accessible. The Walkman offers a personalized experience, giving users total freedom to explore their music and entertainment.

1982: The Compact Disc

compact disc inventé en 1982
Compact disc invented in 1982

Harnessing reflections from surface laser beams, compact discs convert digital data into analog sound. The invention by Phillips and Sony poses an immediate threat to cassettes and vinyl.

1984: The Discman

discman inventé en 1984
The Discman invented in 1984

In 1984, Sony launched the Discman D-50, a portable CD player that revolutionized the way people listened to music. The product was small and lightweight, making it very practical for those who wanted to listen to music wherever they went. The Discman quickly conquered the hearts of music lovers, offering unprecedented portability.

1998: The MP3 player

le lecteur mp3 inventé en 1998
The mp3 player invented in 1998

With the development of computer technology, file compression became more sophisticated. The collaboration of German sound engineer Karlheinz Bradenburg and the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) with the Internet led to the development of a host and a standard. The .MP3 extension was created and MP3 players became very popular.

2010: Bluetooth speakers

enceinte bluetooth inventé en 2010
Bluetooth speaker invented in 2010

Jawbine is behind the development and creation of the Bluetooth speaker we know today. This speaker offers exceptional audio quality and convenient, reliable wireless connectivity, making it ideal for a variety of uses. It’s also very easy to set up and use, making it the perfect choice for users who want a simple, intuitive wireless and audio experience.

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