The History of Music Players and Devices

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  • the first phonogram was invented

    the first phonogram was invented
    Thomas Edison created the first phonograph in 1877, which had the ability to record and play back sound. He was recognized around the world for this invention
  • the gramophone was invented

    the gramophone was invented
    Emile Berliner created the gramophone, which the first music play-back device to use a flat disk, or record. These records had groove etched into them with sound information. The arm of the gramophone was placed on the record.
  • RCA Victor created the Victrola model record player

    RCA Victor created the Victrola model record player
    By this time, many different records were being produced. This player included multiple turntable speeds, so that many kinds of records could be played on the machine.
  • the LP record was invented

    the LP record was invented
    LP stands for long-playing record, meaning that it could keep playing music for longer than the other records available at the time. The first 33 and 1/2 LP was made by Columbia Records, but the most popular size became the 45 LP produced by RCA Victor.
  • Multi-track analog tape recording

    Multi-track analog tape recording
    Recording studios began using muli-track tape recording. This method of preserving music was made popular by groups such as the Beach Boys and the Beatles.
  • Cassette Tapes

    Cassette Tapes
    Phiillips created the cassette tape and player, which became hugely popular. This was the first technology of its kind to allow users to carry their music around with them, introducing the idea of portable music.
  • CD's introduced

    CD's introduced
    CD's, or compact disks, are first introduced in Japan.
  • CD's released in the US

    CD's released in the US
    CD's became available in the US one year after their invention, and they became more popular than LP's in just three years, making them the most popular form of music media.
  • Recordable CD's created

    Recordable CD's created
    Now users could record their own content onto CD's and share it with others.
  • the platform Napster is created

    the platform Napster is created
    Napster gave people the ability to share song files with each other for free. This hurt the music industry's sales and violated copyright policies, so it was court-ordered to shut down in 2001. However, Napster set the precedent for free music-sharing sites.
  • the Apple IPod

    the Apple IPod
    Apple came out with their first IPod, which quickly became the most popular form of music media. As time went on, many varieties and sizes of the IPod were created, such as the Shuffle, Classic, and Nano.
  • ITunes is created

    ITunes is created
    ITunes is Apple's online music store, where customers can purchase more music for their devices. People could organize, save, and store music and videos on their computers, or record songs onto DVDs.
  • Pandora is released

    Pandora is released
    Pandora is an online radio station that will play music based on the listener's personal tastes. It started out as a paid application, but now there are free versions as well.
  • the iPhone is released

    the iPhone is released
    Apple invented the iPhone, a device that combined the functions of a traditional music player, a cell phone, and a computer.
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