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A Brief Timeline on the History of Recorded Music

The year 2017 marks the 140th anniversary of the first phonograph, credited to Thomas Edison. His performance of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” didn’t hit the charts of course – there were none – though former Beatle Paul McCartney hit #9 with his version of the tune in 1972, five years before the technology’s century mark.

In hindsight, it’s astonishing how systems and technology changed from the time of the foil-wrapped tube used by Edison to the wireless streaming of digitally encoded music we have today. Here’s a look at selected milestones in recording history covering the life of shareable music.

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Origins of Recorded Music

The New Century and the Essential Technologies

The Start of the Disk Era


The Modern Age

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