The “Social Listening” Headphones

When the first Sony Walkman was released in 1979, it came with two headphone jacks because the chairman of the company refused to believe that anyone would want to seal themselves off from the rest of humanity with a pair of headphones. “Two headphone jacks will allow a person to share their music with a friend. Make it so!”

So they did–and the two-jack Walkman lasted exactly one generation. We’ve been walking around like anti-social zombies ever since.

Sony Walman (1st gen)

 

 

Fast-forward to today. Wearhaus has come up with a set of headphones that allows for “social listening.” Read more at GizMag.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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