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Chapter 8. The Ultimate Portable Music F... > HOW TO BECOME THE ULTIMATE PORTABLE ...

HOW TO BECOME THE ULTIMATE PORTABLE MUSIC FAN

In the 1960s, it was the transistor AM radio. In the 1970s, it was the portable AM/FM radio. In the 1980s, it was the Sony Walkman, the revolutionary portable cassette player that went hand-in-hand with leg warmers and pastel-colored terrycloth headbands. In the 1990s, the Walkman gave way to the portable CD player. (And those legwarmers and headbands just went away, thankfully.) Now, a decade later, we're getting our portable music another way—via portable digital audio players.

Today's portable audio players—sometimes mistakenly called MP3 players—are small gadgets that hold large libraries of songs in digital fashion. These players let you download music from the web or rip songs from CDs, storing all that music in digital audio files. Even the smallest portable players hold hundreds of songs, and the largest devices can archive your entire music collection. And, best of all, these gadgets fit in the palm of your hand; no more carrying around bulky portable CD players.


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