Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.
- Samuel Johnson.
Even the normally acerbic Dr. Johnson agreed that music was agreeable. Music has a potency that is inexplicable. It can put someone to sleep, soothe someone’s nerves, mesmerize or stupefy someone. It can cure sickness and charm our musical ear. It could even help bring dead people to life – Orpheus had persuaded Hades to let his dead wife Eurydice come to life. Indian legend has it that Tansen, the court musician of Akbar, could do miracles with his music. Each one of us have our favorite music and musicians that delight us.
While music in all its various forms had been composed and performed throughout history, it was only lately that technology enabled their recording. While radio enabled the broadcast of music after relay stations had been developed, gramophone records let us listen to our favorite music at the time of our choosing. In the 20th century the quantum leaps in technological development let to the invention of many new forms of audio devices – from tape recorders to its portable version nicknamed Walkman. The parallel development of computers and its various audio formats let to an intermixing of consumer electronics and computers, so that music was now playable on both platforms.
Today, music is available easily and in various forms – from caller tunes for cell phones to iPod, from DVD music to streaming audio. While on the one hand compression technologies are enabling faster online transmission, greater clarity demands are being met with a higher bitrate which calls for more ‘spacious’ storage devices, like the DVD-Audio and Blue-Ray. These developments have created a buyer’s market for the consumers who are spoilt for choices. This section of the webdirectory helps you in treading through this world of choice. From car audio devices to portable mp3 players, you are sure to find the best devices for all your audio needs.