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24 Inventions That Changed Music

A brief timeline of key breakthroughs in recorded sound
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The Evolution of Sound

We've come a long way in capturing and reproducing sound, and in many ways, the journey has been a poetic and literal full circle. From Thomas Edison's first experiments with waveform-engraved cylinders to the rotating dials of our iPods − and every touchstone devoted to preserving composition and performance since and after − we've amassed a timeline of 24 essential breakthroughs (be they physical tools or digital breakthroughs) in recorded-music and playback technology. 

By Kenny Herzog

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