Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

Lloyd's V128 8-track Player - iPod version .1?

I don't have an iPod. The shiny white plastic music player is an icon thanks to its distinctive silhouette, its capacity to hold a tremendous amount of music, and of course its portability. The Lloyd's V128 portable 8 track tape player has many of these aspects too, except the iPod's round clicker wheel thingy is replaced by a great big speaker. Bonus. Let's compare these two shiny white plastic music dynamos:

iPod: plays thousands of downloadable songs at 99 cents a piece
V128: plays thousands of thrifted 8-tracks for a dime per album

iPod: requires computer to change albums
V128: A fresh album is just one ka-chunk away

iPod: fits neatly into a pocket
V128: fits neatly into an ammunition locker 

iPod: clean and clinical sounding digital
V128: unreliable and noisy sounding analog

iPod: easily scratched porcelain style case
V128: thick white shiny plastic would stop a bullet

iPod: powered by expensive and difficult to replace internal battery
V128: powered by several expensive flashlight D cells -incl. jack for running off of a car battery

V128_03iPod: repair conducted through draconian Apple service program
V128: It's called "Gorilla Glue", people...

iPod: current track display
V128: current track display

One unit is scarcely a replacement for the other, but it's interesting to see that these two devices placed 40 years apart aren't as far apart as one might think.

Read about the Phil Collins 8 track I used to test this thing


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