Let’s start with the record player itself, which is a very simple device that was invented in the 19th century by Thomas Edison. The first record players were made of wood and had to be played on a turntable. They were also very expensive.
The first commercially successful record player was invented by Emile Berliner in 1877. It used wax cylinders instead of records. These record players were much more affordable than their wooden counterparts, but they didn’t last long because the wax cylinders would eventually wear out. In 1902, Victor introduced the first phonograph. This was an early version of the gramophone. It was able to play both music and sound recordings.
The first mass-produced vinyl record came out in 1948. The technology behind it was called “long playing.” Today, LPs are known as 45s or albums.
In 1952, Columbia Records released the first stereo album. The idea for this new type of recording was born when a Columbia executive wanted to know why people weren’t buying stereos.
In 1958, RCA released the first compact disc (CD). A CD holds 650 times more data than an LP.
In 1960, Philips released the world’s first laser disc. It could store up to 1,000 hours of video content.
Interesting Things About Record Player
- The first record player was invented in the 1800s.
- The first commercially available record player was invented by French inventor Emile Berliner in1877.
- Wax cylinder records wore out after around 50 plays.
- Vinyl records lasted longer because there were no grooves so you couldn’t scratch them. But vinyl still only has a lifespan of 10 years before wearing out!
- Long Play records are called LPs, while regular records are called 45s or EPs.
- Compact discs have been around since 1982.
- Laser discs were released in 1980.
- Music CDs were first released in 1981.
- Audiophile-grade audio equipment costs $1500-$3000.
- The first portable cassette tape recorder was invented in 1956.
- The first portable CD player was released in 1989.
- An 8 track player cost $20000 back then.
- A 4 track player sold for $5000.
- The first 8 track player sold for $8000.
- A 16 track player sells for about $250000 today.
- Record players use needles to play records.
Record players are great inventions that help us enjoy our favorite songs from thousands of years ago. Even though we can listen to just about any song we want on our iPods now, record players will always have a special place in our hearts.