A Brief History of Music Formats


Explore the different ways people have listened to music over the last century, and see how each new music format invention reimagined how we listen to music.

Further reading/listening after this playlist:

An Audio Timeline

Audio Format Timeline

How the compact disc lost its shine

Music made from samples of old records

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