The creation of the record player is regarded as one of the most important influences on culture and music. A great percentage of the earliest recorded music was performed by marching bands, however, John Phillip Sousa, a famous American band leader, described in 1906 that a live performance was special and recording it does not do justice to the experience. He conceded that the equipment was “remarkable” and would suffice for someone who cannot acquire musical skills or be present at a performance, he was, however, afraid that they would reduce the value of acquiring musical talent and composing novel works.

Exposure to recorded music led to a greater revelation of different kinds of music for all kinds of individuals. Home-based musicians who recorded their music, distribute their songs around the globe.  Furthermore, recorded music contributed to healing the racial divide in America. Recordings of black artists became increasingly popular, this is inclusive of jazz musicians in the 1920s, Motown artists as well in the 1960s and lately; rappers.

During the mid-20th century, the record industry experienced growth; however, this changed after the Second World War as portable music became common. In the latter half of the 20th century, music was transmitted through different mediums, such as; transistor radios, tape players and lately CDs and MP3 players.

Although people’s ways of listening to recorded music have changed through the years; the record player can still be regarded as having set the trend. This is certain and irrefutable; although the recording medium may evolve, this cannot – the feeling we get when we listen to it. It has not changed since Edison first developed his scratchy recordings on tinfoil. Thomas Edison seems to have perceived the importance of that development. When he was asked, of your thousands of patents, which is your most beloved brainchild? “I love the phonograph best,” he answered.