Significant Music Technology Developments

Timeline created by 32HADDY
In Music
  • Radio

    The first voice and music signals heard over radio waves were transmitted in December 1906 from Brant Rock, Massachusetts
  • Analogue Synthesizer

    The earliest analog synthesizers were made in the 1920s and 1930s, such as the Trautonium, using vacuum-tube and electro-mechanical technologies.
  • Vinyl

    Vinyl
    Vinyl was introduced in 1931 marketed as program-transcription discs. These discs played at 33 1/3 rpm and had 10 minutes playing time on each side.
  • Hi-fi (Stereo)

    In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Westrex invented the stereo record that used two speakers. This led to more improvements in home audio.
  • Magnetic Tape

    Magnetic Tape
    Magnetic tape was first used to record computer data in 1951 on the Eckert-Mauchly UNIVAC I. This tape was then used in cassettes in the 80s / 90s
  • Cassettes

    Cassettes
    The Compact Cassette was introduced in 1963 to further improve on current 'reel-to-reel' playback devices at the time. The Sony Walkman (1979) is the most recognizable device to use cassette tapes.
  • Music Videos (MTV)

    Music Videos (MTV)
    MTV was the first 24-hour video music channel which brought the birth of music videos. The first video ever played was “Video Killed The Radio Star” by The Buggles. Today, most most music videos are released straight onto YouTube
  • MIDI

    MIDI is an acronym that stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It's a way to connect devices that make and control sound in order to communicate with eachother
  • Portable CD Players

    Portable CD Players
    The Sony D-5/D-50 was the first portable CD player, later renamed a Diskman.
  • Cubase

    Cubase
    Cubase is a digital audio workstation (DAW) developed by Steinberg for music and MIDI recording, arranging and editing.
  • Pro Tools

    Pro Tools
    Pro Tools is a digital audio workstation developed and released by Avid Technology for Microsoft Windows and macOS.
  • ADAT

    ADAT
    Alesis Digital Audio Tape (ADAT) is a magnetic tape format used for the recording of eight digital audio tracks onto the same S-VHS tape used by consumer VCRs.
  • Logic

    Logic
    Initially released in 1993 known as Notator Logic, this DAW was bought by Apple in 2002
  • MP3

    MP3
    Tomislav Uzelac invented the first MP3 player - the AMP MP3 Playback Engine. Soon after two university students named Justin Frankel and Dmitry Boldyrev moved AMP to Windows to create Winamp (pictured)
  • LimeWire

    LimeWire
    LimeWire was a free platform for peer-to-peer file sharing (piracy). It became extremely popular with users being able to find any and all music for completely free. LimeWire was shut down after a four-year legal battle with the US music industry.
  • YouTube

    YouTube
    YouTube - created by three PayPal employees - is a video-sharing website where users can upload, share and view content with other users. YouTube has become huge in the music industry with companies such as Vevo distributing music videos to the platform
  • Spotify

    Spotify
    Spotify is a leader in the music streaming industry. Users can pay for a subscription allowing them to listen to unlimited music on demand.
  • Apple Music

    Apple Music
    Apple's streaming service which competes with the likes of Spotify and YouTube Music. It has pretty much all the same features as spotify