- Peter Tschmuck
The music industry consists of a network involving the production, distribution, dissemination, and consumption of music in a variety of forms, as well as the promotion of live music performances. This article focuses on the development on the market for music in the United States, with special attention to the recorded music industry. For an overview of the history of recording technology, see Recorded sound; for a history of radio broadcasting, see Radio broadcasting .
When Thomas Alva Edison invented the phonograph in 1877, the new device was aimed for office use, including communications and stenography. On 24 April 1878, the Edison Speaking Phonograph Company was formed to produce and distribute the phonograph to government agencies and large companies. However, after several public demonstrations across the world, interest in the phonograph soon waned, and all development work on the phonograph ceased. Further research on sound (re)production was carried on by Chichester A. Bell and Charles Sumner Tainter; in ...