30 Years of Consumer Electronics

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On January 24, Apple commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Mac. Got us to thinking all those other technologies 30 years back (and the numbers behind them). …

On January 24, Apple commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Mac. Got us to thinking all those other technologies 30 years back (and the numbers behind them).

Reminisce & enjoy!

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  • 1. Consumer Electronics: 30 Years On
  • 2. 372,000 units sold in year 1 Source: Jeremy Reimer, Apple 7.5 million units sold in year 1
  • 3. 1984 300,000 DynaTAC 8000X users worldwide Source: BBC, Venture Beat, Business Insider Today 1.4 billion smartphone users worldwide
  • 4. 1984 16 million color TV sets sold in US Source: Washington Post, Yahoo Today 66 million smart TV units shipped worldwide
  • 5. 1984 10% households owned a VCR Source: Washington Post, Leichtmanr Research Today 49% households own a DVR
  • 6. 1984 17 million boomboxes sold in US Source: Washington Post, digiday Today 64 million unique Pandora mobile users in US
  • 7. 1984 5.6 million Walkmans sold in US Source: Sony, RIAA, Spotify Today 24 million active Spotify users
  • 8. Which was the best innovation since sliced bread?