How Our Method of Getting Music Has Changed Over The Last 30 Years [VIDEO]

December 28, 2011 5:23 am

Check out this amazing chart that shows just how much our way of reaching music has changed in the last 30 years.

Back in 1980, LPs/EPs ruled the world of music distribution. If you wanted to hear Michael Jackson‘s 1980 number one hit ‘Rock With You’, you were most likely getting it off an LP.

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But by 1989 when Paula Abdul, New Kids On The Block and Madonna ruled the radio waves, more than 50% of the population was popping a cassette into their Walkman. The Walkman is without a doubt the baby brother of the iPod for 80s and 90s baby. Who could resist popping their Walkman on their neon fanny pack and jamming to Madonna’s ‘Like A Prayer’? Not us.

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But by 2002, the CD had kicked the cassette’s butt off the market. Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, N*SYNC and more had us rushing to the record store to pop the newest CDs in our cars and flip through the glossy booklets filled with photos of our favorite star.

But over the course of the next nine years, digital file sharing via Napster, iTunes and Limewire had online music booming! Do you still buy CDs or cassettes? We love our iPods and computers full of music but sometimes we miss the rush of finally getting your hands on a CD in person!

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Watch the lively chart above to see just how far the way we buy music has come in the last 30 years. Whether it’s a CD, cassette or downloaded file, we’re just glad we can cram all of our music onto an iPod! Thanks for that one Steve Jobs. We owe you!