The Beginning of iPods
Update zu Bordfunk:
Nicht gar zu lange her, da galt das Konzept der iTunes als Ende der Literatur und Gegenstand ungläubiger Erheiterung.
People of small means will not be ruined, you must admit, by a tax of four or five cents for an hour’s ‘hearing,’ and the fees of the wandering author will be relatively important by the multiplicity of hearings furnished to each house in the same quarter.
Is this all? By no means. The phonography of the future will be at the service of our grandchildren on all the occasions of life. Every restaurant-table will be provided with its phonographic collection; the public carriages, the waiting-rooms, the state – rooms of steamers, the halls and chambers of hotels will contain phonographotecks for the use of travellers. The railways will replace the parlor car by a sort of Pullman Circulating Library, which will cause travellers to forget the weariness of the way while leaving their eyes free to admire the landscapes through which they are passing.
Octave Uzanne: The End of Books,
Scribner’s Magazine, vol. 16, no 2, August 1894.