Recording engineer and music producer Michael Jack has amassed an amazing collection of 1,100 transistor radios.
These models from the 1950s look like predecessors of the iPod, he notes on his flickr stream:
“When I fist saw the Zenith RE-10 I figured I had come upon the most obvious inspiration for the iPod… Although all these radios appear to have similar design elements to the iPod I would ALMOST bet that the RE-10 was studied (or at least observed) by the Mac design team.”
I love the still-modern look of these half-century old radios, whether Jonathan Ive used them for inspiration or not.
What do you think?