NPR logo

'Playback:' 100 Years of Music Machines

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1684873/1684874" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
'Playback:' 100 Years of Music Machines

'Playback:' 100 Years of Music Machines

'Playback:' 100 Years of Music Machines

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1684873/1684874" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Your grandparents listened to a Victrola, while your kids play tunes on an i-Pod. They're both part of a story about the relationship between technology and music, from 78s, 45s and eight-tracks — through cassettes, CDs and MP3s. Join NPR's Neal Conan for the 100-year history of playback machines.

Guest:

Mark Coleman
*Author of Playback: From the Victrola to MP3, 100 Years of Music, Machines, and Money

Steve Smolian
*A recording engineer and specialist on preservation of sound in obsolete sound recordings

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.