Saturday, December 17, 2005

He Changed the World, Two Ears At a Time

"They all said they didn't think people would be so crazy as to run around with headphones, that this is just a gadget, a useless gadget of a crazy nut."

-- Andreas Pavel, on the initial reaction when he showed his invention, which later became the Sony Walkman.

Today's New York Times has a profile of Pavel, who had to wage a decades-long legal battle for his place in history (and the royalties that go with it).

I would argue that the liberation of content from media -- freeing, say, music from CD's, as MP3's did, and as myspace continues to do -- will turn out to be a cultural development as transforming as the invention of the printing press. And the invention of the Walkman was a
huge first step in that process.

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