Techmoan checks out an awesomely complex bit of 1970s tech. The Panasonic RS-296US used a mechanical carousel filled with 20 extra-long cassette tapes to allow for up to 2.5 days of continuous music. There was no way to select individual tracks, but you could choose tapes.
The 8-Bit Guy shares four relics from the dawn of consumer digital photography. Sony’s Mavica line and Panasonic’s competing PalmCam used either floppy disks or mini discs for storage. They were slow and bulky, but already had the defining features of digital cameras.