The Evolution of Music Players

By CJ2015
  • Leon Scott de Martinville's phonautograph

    Leon Scott de Martinville's phonautograph
    The "phonautograph" was the first device capable of recording sound signals accorded to "The Routledge Guide to Music Technology." Martinville's device could not reproduce sound signals though.
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    The Evolution of Music Players

  • Thomas Edison's phongraph

    Thomas Edison's phongraph
    Thomas Edison invented the tinfoil cylinder phongraph, which made the first recording of the human voice.
  • Edison Speaking Phonography Company

    By 1878, Thomas Edison had lauched his Edison Speaking Phonography Company to produce recording and playback machines, which were intented as dictation machines for business purposes.
  • Gramophone

    A guy by the name of Emile Berliner adapter Martinville's idea into a disc music player he called the "gramophone."
  • Using the gramophone

    Using the gramophone
    In 1896, Eldridge Johnson is the first to use the spring motor record player in a hand-cranked motorized gramophore for Berliner in 1896. Later, the two pair up to form the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1901.
  • A New Era

    Era of the 78 RPM disc standard was born.
  • The LP and Era of High Fidelity

    Around the 1940s, Columbia introduced the 33-1/3 RPM long-playing record (LP) at about the same time Decca Record Company helped usher in the era of high fidelity with full frequency range recordings.
  • Portable Transitor Radio

    Portable Transitor Radio
    I.D.E.A. releaved the very first portable transistor radio.
  • Portable Stereo

    Portable Stereo
    Henry Kloss developed the first portable stereo: KLH Model 11.
  • Audio Cassett Tape

    Audio Cassett Tape
    In 1963, Philips introduced the audio cassette tape format that became very popular.
  • 8-track Tapes

    8-track Tapes
    8-track tapes were introduced to bring portable music into cars.
  • Digital Audio Recording

    Digital Audio Recording
    Sony developed the first digital audio recording devices to be used by professional studios.
  • Walkman

    In 1979, Sony introduces the Walkman portable audio cassette player, initially called the "Soundabout."
  • Compact Disc

    Compact Disc
    Around this time, Sony introduced compact discs.
  • Portable CD Player

    Portable CD Player
    Sony introduced the D-50 portable CD player.
  • Minidiscs

    In the year of 1992, minidiscs came about.
  • The First MP3 Player

    The First MP3 Player
    SaeHan, a Korean company, created the first ever MP3 player called the MPMan, and it appeared on the shelves of stores by the summer of 1998.
  • Apple's iPod

    Apple's iPod
    In 2001, Apple introduced the very first iPod. This iPod consisted of 5 or 10 GB and included a mechanical scroll wheel.
  • iPod Classic 2

    iPod Classic 2
    Between the years of 2002-2004, Apple came out with the iPod Classic 2 that brought about touch sensitive controls, along with the Zen Touch.
  • iPod Touch

    iPod Touch
    Between the years of 2007-2008, Apple brings out the iPod Touch. It was the first of its kind.