The first format to store audio was Thomas Edison’s cylinder-based talking machine, first unveiled in 1877. Then came Emile Berliner’s flat rotating disc, the forerunner of the 10-inch 78 RPM record. That format ruled until 1948 when Columbia Records introduced the 33 1/3 RPM 12-inch long-playing vinyl album, followed by RCA’s 7-inch single less than a year later. Then came reel-to-reel tape, the 8-track, the cassette, and the compact disc (with a ton of failed formats in between).
This video takes a look at the rise and fall of some of these formats over the last 50 years. Progress. There’s no stopping it. (Via Hypebot)