Greatest music gadgets ever
8th May 2012 | 16:25
Jobs and Ive’s thin white juke has done as much for music appreciation as any device, putting “1,000 songs in your pocket” at launch. Since then it’s caused the demise of the high-street music shop, replaced albums with playlists and turned Apple into a behemoth. Yet with iOS switching its iPod app to Music and the Classic’s design gathering dust, is the end almost nigh?
Original price: $400 for 5GB model
Selling one million units in the 50s and 60s, Dansette became a household name in post-war Britain just as the music industry blossomed with first The Shadows and subsequently The Beatles. Made in London, the Dansette was an integrated player, complete with built-in amp and speaker. It set the look for turntables of the era and, more importantly, provided the soundtrack to My Generation, baby.
Original price: 33 Guineas I Used by: The Beatles
The iconic ‘Strat’ is still the most recognisable electric guitar in the world. Selling in the millions even today, the classic features a solid body, three single-coil pick-ups and a double cutaway design that allows easy access to the higher octaves. Widely mimicked, but rarely bettered, it’s been used by everyone from punks to bluesmen to progressive noodlers such as Mike Oldfield.
Original price: $250
More than just a keyboard, the M1 was a full-on workstation: a MIDI sequencer with a bank of sounds that went on to become the best-selling digital synthesiser of all time. Ahead of its time, the M1 had a 4MB capacity – hey, that was tonnes in ’88 – expansion slots and an LCD display.
Original price: $2,166