Portable music has come a long way. We started out with this in the 80’s… But boomboxes were heavy, plus, they caused a lot of problems for people like Radio Raheem. People wanted to listen to their music while they walked, or rode buses, but having it just blasting from a boombox was disrespectful, noisy, and got a lot of dirty looks if it included profanity. This meant that companies had to design products that could be small enough to carry, but also that could have small, loudspeakers, or headphones, get plugged in to. The results were Walkmans first, and then CD players, and the headphones looked a little something like this. I’m sure many of you rocked these headphones on car rides back from grandma’s house plenty of times in your childhoods. But they problem was the were so big and uncomfortable. Also if the little soft padding ripped they would rub up harshly against your ears and made listening to the Backstreet Boys far less enjoyable. Then our little minds were blown when the iPod came out. Not only was the mp3 itself revolutionary since it could hold your entire CD collection, but each one also came with its own set of strange little ear buds that popped right into your earholes. Intrusive…maybe. But eventually you had to convert. Anyone caught with the old school headphones was associated with someone who was still carrying around a CD player and thus was not cool enough to sit next to you on the bus while you wore your sleek, stylish, ear buds.
But now there is a new product that everyone must convert to, and it seems slightly backwards. Before we chastise people for wearing the huge headphones but ever since Dre came out with his new Beats, that is what you will see people sporting around campus.
Now these headphones are quality. They have amazing audio performance, block out almost all outside noise, and cost a small fortune. So the same basic principle applies. iPods were much more expensive than CD players and the small ear buds that came with it signified that you enjoyed the finer things and that you had cash to burn, and it’s the same thing with Beats. However, it is interesting how trends can change so quickly and while before we hated the look of huge clunky headphones, after manufacturers increased performances and jacked up the price, all of sudden music just wasn’t as good without them. So what is your opinion? Buds or Beats?