24 Inventions That Changed Music

A brief timeline of key breakthroughs in recorded sound
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Phonograph (1877)

With all due respect to the French phonoautograph − a fine if bulky mechanism − most of us associate the beginning of conventional playback with Thomas Edison's phonograph design. The wizard of Menlo Park's earliest experiments merely required paper strips, a telephone diaphragm, needle and voices to sing "Mary Had a Little Lamb." Competition would eventually enhance and improve on Edison's model, but no one matched his innovation. 

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