The Most Important Inventions of the Past Century That Changed Everything

The Mail Online has assembled a list of inventions and gadgets that have transformed our lives. Yet we take almost all of them for granted.

You can view the full list here, but I thought I’d point out some of their music-related choices:


  • Radio tuners (1917)
  • Superheterodyne radio circuit (1918)
  • Loudspeaker (1924)
  • Car radio (1929)
  • Portable transistor radio (1954)
  • Stereo/HiFi systems (c. 1958-60)
  • The Internet (1969)
  • Sony Walkman (1979)
  • CD player (1982)
  • Sony Discman (1984)
  • Bose noise cancelling headphones (1986)
  • MP3 player (1996)
  • iPod (2001)
  • Beats by Dre (2008)
  • iPad (2011)




Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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.

2 thoughts on “The Most Important Inventions of the Past Century That Changed Everything

  • October 8, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Beats by Dre?!?! How much did they pay to be included on this list? Those thing sound like garbage, and they are nothing more than a fashion statement. Think of them as Hummer H2's for your ears. All style, no substance. Yeesh.

  • October 8, 2013 at 9:22 pm


    But the iPad and Beats by Dr. Dre have not changed a fraction of a fraction of "EVERYONE" The Discman and noise cancelling headphones are right there too. The iPod IS an MP3 player, so I would give the "change" credit to the MP3 player, specifically the Diamond Rio


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