- Period of Use: 1887 to 1990
- Made Obsolete By: New Sound Recording Equipment, Cassettes, CDs
Ah yes, the infamous Phonograph. It is possible we might not even discuss it in history classes today if not for its inventor, Thomas Edison. We’ll get to more on him later. That said, what even was the phonograph, right? Many people know the name but have no idea what it actually did. It was technically used for recording and even playing back sound. This had come along at the perfect time, as radio was going to be hitting it huge with music.
There were some against it, as they thought recording audio with ease like this could be a problem. Of course, it’s not as if one would not know they are being recorded. The phonograph died off in use when better sound recording equipment came along, especially from sound studios as “talkies” took off for the movie industry. It would eventually be of use in music for disc phonograph records, yet this too would end. Mostly due to things like cassettes, compact discs, and much more.