What was the biggest technological development that changed the way we listen to music? Was it the dawn of the CD, which did away with the need for cassette tapes? Or was it the development of portable music devices such as the iPod?
It’s hard to pinpoint just a single development that has upended the music industry, but the dawn of music streaming apps not only changed the way artists deliver their songs, but also how we listen to music.
Here are a few ways that apps have forever changed the way we listen to music.
The original Walkman, the Discman, the first iPod and other early MP3 players all have one thing in common: they had one main feature. Each device was dedicated to playing music. And while each invention provided a huge leap in convenience for music lovers, they all still meant that you had to bring a separate device along with you to listen to music.
Smartphones and their apps changed the game completely, providing a way to listen to music on a device you’re already using for a variety of tasks such as messaging, phone calls and more. When music streaming and radio apps became available, you didn’t even need to have songs downloaded onto your device to listen to them.
Now we can listen to music anytime and almost anywhere.