History of Music and Technology

Timeline created by flanagane
In Music
  • Music Boxes

    Music Boxes
    Music Boxes first appeared between 1800 and 1815, and represent probably the earliest example of music technology.
  • Sound Recording

    Sound Recording
    Experiments with sound recording by Thomas Edison & Emile Berliner.
  • Telephone

    Telephone was invented
  • Records

    Records as we know them were first sold.
  • Player Piano

    Player Piano
    Theodore P. Brown invented the Aerial Piano - the first commercial player piano.
  • Electrical hearing aid

    Electrical hearing aid
    Hutchison was the inventor of the first electrical hearing aid. It was also known as the microtelephone since it was essentially a self-contained version of the early telephone as invented by Alexander Graham Bell in the 1870s.
  • Broadcast music and speech radio invented

    Broadcast music and speech radio invented
  • Scheduled radio entertainment

    Scheduled radio entertainment
  • Amplifiers

    Amplifiers for record players and radios were first sold.
  • Tape recorder

    Tape recorder
    Tape recorder was invented.
  • Jukeboxes

    Jukeboxes dominated US record sales.
  • Electric keyboard

    Electric keyboard
    Electric keyboard was invented.
  • Portable Music Player

    Portable Music Player
    The first portable music player - the transistor radio - came to be.
  • Drum machines

    Drum machines
    Drum machines invented
  • Audio cassette

    Audio cassette
    Audio cassette was invented.
  • Stereos

    Stereos became popular because pop music emerged on the music scene.
  • Home computer

    Home computer
    Home computer available for use.
  • Digital audio

    Digital audio
    Digital audio now available.
  • Compact Discs

    Compact Discs
    Compact Discs (CDs) helped launch the last and biggest phase of record sales.
  • MIDI

    Short for Musical Instrument Digital Interface describes the use of digital interface and connectors. It allows a wide variety of electronic musical instruments, computers and other related devices to connect and communicate with one another.
  • House music

    House music
    Chicago DJs make the first House music tracks
  • MP3s

    MP3 is a common audio format for consumer audio streaming or storage,
  • Download boom

    Download boom
    The download boom was fuelled by a huge desire to purchase singles instead of entire albums.
  • The iPod

    The iPod
    The iPod is a line of portable media players designed and marketed by Apple Inc. The first line was released on October 23, 2001.
  • iTunes

    Apple's iTunes Music Store opens with support from major artists.
  • iTunes Music Store

    iTunes Music Store
    iTunes Music Store becomes top US music retailer