If you have an old 8-track player you've been holding onto and feel like leapfrogging a few generations of music media altogether, here's a handy guide on turning that old piece of junk into a shiny new iPod dock.
The Gadgets: Panasonic's SL-850 quadraphonic turntable, featuring the unusual 4.0 discrete-channel format for stereo-besting sound. (As the brochure says, "In the real world, sound comes from literally every direction.") Plus, GE's 4-Channel Receiver, with a built-in 8-track cassette player.
Released in 1978, the 2-XL educational robot was before my time, but it wouldn't have haunted my nightmares like Teddy Ruxpin did. At least this robot had the decency to look like a damn robot.
Humans have been writing music for at least as long as we've been recording history. It was storing it that took a little more time. Here are all the ways we've done it to date:
SSD, Smesh Smesh Dee. Here's my visual tribute to magnetic tape, the storage medium that can be measured in MBytes, minutes and meters.