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1891

Ernest Mercadier patented the first pair of in-ear headphones. Mercadier put his invention under the U.S. Patent No. 454,138. The construction technique of these earphones is not far off from modern day earbuds.

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1919

Nathaniel Baldwin created the first pair of headphones that successfully worked. It was a feat he achieved in his own kitchen, and his newest innovation was successful enough to sell to the U.S. Navy.

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1937

Beyerdynamic invented the first pair of dynamic headphones in Germany. The pair was called DT-48, which stood for "dynamic telephone". This style of headphones is still being produced and sold today.

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1979

After the invention of Sony's Walkman mobile music device, there was a strong need for light, easy to carry headphones. This brought about the MDR-3L2 headphones. They were light, colorful, and blocked outside noise.

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2008

Beats by Dre were (and still are) all the rage when they first debuted. These headphones threw the MDR-3l2's simplicstic design out, and swapped it for wireless, exaggerated bass, and celebrity endorsement. What else do you need?

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2016

Apple's release of the infamous AirPods took the meaning of "simplicity" to a whole new level. The use of Apple's W1 chip allows them "to detect when AirPods are in your ear, so they only play when you are ready to listen".